The study’s authors claim their findings indicate cannabis use may be more harmful than previously thought.
At least one-fifth of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have tried smoking cannabis at least once. It has become the most extensively used drug that is still illegal at the federal level as more states have legalized it.
Studies have been done on a few health effects, including problems with brain development, high blood pressure, and a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. The American Lung Association’s chief medical officer and pulmonologist, Dr. Albert Rizzo, claims that “we don’t know the long-term effects of cannabis as we do the long-term effects of tobacco.”
The scans revealed that emphysema affected 75% of cannabis users. Emphysema affected 5% of nonsmokers compared to just under 70% of tobacco-only smokers.
The third most common cause of death in the United States is emphysema, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).