A very common question from people trying to quit smoking is: “Will smoking marijuana help or hurt as I try to quit smoking cigarettes?” Whether marijuana will relieve side effects or withdrawal symptoms is dubious. But the risks of using any tobacco product and of smoking pot are unmistakable.
Marijuana has been used as a medical treatment for thousands of years. Marijuana was listed as an approved drug in the United States until the 1940s, when probably due to political pressure, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state laws allowing medicinal use of marijuana must adhere to the federal law banning it. However, proponents still contend that marijuana successfully treats pain, nausea and other uncomfortable side effects of conventional medical treatment as well as some disease symptoms.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2006, 14.8 million Americans aged 12 or older used marijuana at least once in the month prior to bei...
You start smoking when you develop schizophrenia at a young age. You will require higher doses of antipsychotic medication. Your life expectancy will be 20 percent shorter than for people who do not have this illness.
Two women who are sisters start smoking when they're 15. Smoking increases the risk of breast cancer. One sister develops breast cancer and emphysema and needs to sleep and travel with an oxygen tank. The other sister requires an oxygen tank as well.
One guy smoked up until he was 67. A blood clot formed dangerously close to his heart. He needed a seven-hour operation to remove the blood clot. The surgeon had to freeze him because of the risk that he would take a stroke while under the knife.
The guy needed a second operation a week later. He couldn't talk so pointed to letters in the alphabet on a wooden board from his perch in the hospital bed. He ...
Causes The allergic process, called atopy , occurs when the body overreacts to a substance that it senses as a foreign invader." The immune system works continuously to protect the body from potentially dangerous intruders such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins. However, for reasons not completely understood, some people are hypersensitive to substances that are typically harmless. When the immune system inaccurately identifies these substances (allergens) as harmful, an allergic reaction and inflammatory response occurs. The antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) is a key player in allergic reactions. When an allergen enters the body, the immune system produces IgE antibodies. These antibodies then attach themselves to mast cells, which are found in the nose, eyes, lungs, and digestive tract. The mast cells release inflammatory chemical mediators, such as histamine, that cause atopic symptoms (sneezing, coughing, wheezing). The mast cells continue to produce more inflammatory chemicals that stim...
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