Breathe Easy: Uncovering the Respiratory Effects of Cannabis Smoking

Breathe Easy: Uncovering the Respiratory Effects of Cannabis Smoking

Breathe Easy: Uncovering the Respiratory Effects of Cannabis Smoking


In this blog post, we will explore the first of three major health implications related to smoking cannabis: respiratory health. While cannabis has numerous health benefits, it is essential to be aware of the potential adverse effects of smoking it, especially when it comes to the respiratory system. This post is supported by research, such as the findings of Tashkin (2013) and Martinasek et al. (2016), which highlight the potential risks and ways to minimize them.

Respiratory Health and Cannabis:

Smoking cannabis can damage lung cells and affect the immune system, leading to issues such as bronchitis and emphysema. Inhaling irritants like tar and carbon monoxide in smoke can cause these respiratory problems. Furthermore, smoking out of a bong with stagnant, dirty water can lead to pneumonia and streptococcus, bacterial illnesses that thrive in such environments.

How Toxins and Bacteria Develop and Enter the Body:

When you inhale smoke, you damage your lung cells, which can kill them and prevent mucus secretion. The immune system and the cilia are affected, leading to a higher likelihood of contracting illnesses or developing conditions. The bacteria that cause these infections can also be found in the stagnant water of a bong, which can be aerosolized and inhaled when smoking.

Tips for Proper Use and Reducing Respiratory Health Risks:

Using a bong with clean water and proper filtration can help reduce the harmful effects of smoking cannabis. Be sure to clean your bong regularly and replace the water to ensure the removal of bacteria and other harmful substances. In addition, consider alternative consumption methods like vaporization, edibles, or tinctures to decrease exposure to potential respiratory health problems.


Tashkin, D. P. (2013). Effects of marijuana smoking on the lung. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 10(3), 239-247. Retrieved from

Martinasek, M. P., McGrogan, J. B., & Maysonet, A. (2016). A Systematic Review of the Respiratory Effects of Inhalational Marijuana. Respiratory Care, 61(11), 1543-1551. Retrieved from

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