Smoking Marijuana (joint, weed, reefer, blunts, pot, grass, Mary Jane, hashish, nail) may not be risk free as once thought. A study of New Zealanders conducted by Dr. W. Murray Thomson of The Dunedin School of Medicine indicated the risk of early gum disease (periodontal disease) increases with the frequency of use. There were over 900 New Zealanders participating in the study ranging in ages from 18 to 32. They were divided into 3 groups, no exposure (32.3%), some (47.4%) and high exposure (20.2%).
Those with the greatest risk for gum disease had the most exposure.
Marijuana contains three times the tar of tobacco cigarettes but no nicotine. Once more, scientists have found it to contain at least 400 toxins.
The active ingredient in Cannabis is THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) a substance known to impede proper functioning of the immune system.
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- Toxins in marijuana can also impair the body’s circulation, ability to carry oxygen and repair itself.
- Cannabis smokers tend to inhale deeply and hold the smoke allowing for increase absorption of toxins into the body.
Researchers believe that Marijuana smoking causes gum disease by behaving much in the same way smoking tobacco cigarettes does. It interferes with the immune system’s ability to fight off infection.
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