The 1 Thing Everyone Forgets When They’re Talking About Marijuana

Marijuana is one of those things that people are constantly debating about. Should it be legal? Do the medical benefits outweigh the negative side effects? But through it all, there is one factor that goes into smoking weed that people tend to forget. Here we look at why marijuana always has everyone talking — and the one factor that many people forget (see page 4).

First, why marijuana’s become such a hot topic

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Marijuana’s legalization has become a source of concern. | Israel_Patterson/iStock/Getty Images

The legalization of marijuana has made it a more talked-about topic than ever. There are now nine states that recognize recreational marijuana use, and 29 that recognize its use for medical purposes. According to Business Insider, a recent poll shows that 64% of Americans support legalized marijuana.

Next: This ain’t your parents pot.

The growing empire

Marijuana plants are grown at Essence Vegas

More and more people are jumping into the industry. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

With the growth of legalization has also come the evolution for weed growing and the creation of different strains. As The Cheat Sheet previously observed, pot growers breed and cross-breed different kinds of marijuana in order to give the smoker a specialized high.

Next: Of course, not everyone is on board with this.

Some are still against it

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Some, still find it concerning. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There are still many out there that only see marijuana as a negative entity and believe it should remain illegal. The Cheat Sheet found that the vast majority of those opposed to weed legalization are conservative Republicans and/or members of the Silent Generation. Main concerns regarding marijuana typically revolve around its effect on cognitive function and motor skills.

Next: But very few people seem to remember this debate topic.

The 1 thing that thing everyone forgets

An activist smokes a joint during a prostest under the motto omething like 'We are not going to pay for it, we are going to get the kick out of it"

Smoking marijuana is still smoking. | RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images

Whether you’re for pot or against it, there’s one thing people tend to forget when arguing about it — that it’s still smoking. As the American Lung Association points out, any type of smoke inhalation of any kind has a negative effect on your respiratory system. They also note that weed smoke “has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.”

Next: What exactly does inhaling all that smoke do?

The effects on the lungs

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Here’s what smoking pot can do to your lungs. | Natali_Mis/iStock/Getty Images

ALA tells us that research has linked marijuana smoke to chronic bronchitis, as well as chronic cough and phlegm production. It can also be responsible for creating air pockets between the lungs, and can weaken the lungs’ ability to fight off infections.

Next: The smoke’s effects don’t stop there.

Effects on the rest of the body

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There are other side effects too. | Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Marijuana smoke doesn’t just stop at affecting the health of your lungs. It can travel through your body and hinder the rest of your immune system, ALA tells us. Studies have reportedly shown that the smoke can weaken the body to a point that the risk of infections and diseases goes up.

Next: One final thing to think about.

What happens if you eliminate the smoke?

France Introduce Smoking Ban In Public Places

Could edibles be the answer? | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Of course the next step in this debate would be to mention that smoking marijuana isn’t the only weigh to ingest it. If you take away smoking it and hurting your lungs, you’re left with the smoke-free way to enjoy weed — edibles. Then again, while special brownies and tea eliminate the possibility of inhaling smoke, it opens the discussion up to the health hazards those entities can cause. (But that’s another debate for another article.)

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