It’s not often that you hear someone say, “I am a salt smoker, so I don’t smoke salt.”
But for those who are, the answer is “yes.”
According to a new study, for most people, smoking marijuana is not harmful to their health.
But it may hurt your mental health if you’re not using the right kind of tobacco to inhale, according to the researchers.
“People who smoke salt are much more likely to have some symptoms that are more likely or more severe than non-smokers,” said study author Dr. Jennifer M. Zwierlowski, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
“The main reason is because of the effects of salt on your blood pressure, your heart rate and your blood vessel constriction.”
Marijuana is a common recreational drug in the U.S., but it is not approved for medical use in most states.
So when Dr. Zweierlowski and her colleagues looked at whether smoking marijuana had any effect on the amount of nicotine that your body absorbs from smoking it, they found that most people who smoked it did not notice any adverse effects.
“We didn’t really find that [smoking marijuana] affected the amount or potency of nicotine,” Dr. M.
“We also didn’t see any effect of the salt, or the nicotine, or other cannabinoids that are present in marijuana.”
Dr. Zwaierlawski and other researchers found that there are about 1.5 to 2.5 grams of THC in a single puff of marijuana.
In other words, about one-third of a cigarette’s THC is contained in the salt.
“The amount of THC is a small proportion of the total amount of cannabinoids in marijuana,” she said.
In contrast, people who smoke tobacco have more than 3 grams of the active ingredient in tobacco.
“In our study, only about 2.2 grams of active THC is present in a cigarette,” Dr Zwierslowski said, “but we also found that the amount is higher in people who had smoked cigarettes.”
Dr Zwieslowskis team compared the results of their study with other studies that found smoking marijuana caused harm.
In a 2015 study, Dr Zwaierskis and her team found that people who regularly smoke tobacco had a higher risk of having a heart attack than people who don’t.
And a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2018 found that regular smokers of tobacco had an increased risk of heart attacks.
“So the problem is not only about salt, it’s about the salt itself,” Dr M.W. Zwalrowski said.
“But smoking marijuana does not have the same effect on your heart or the heart itself as tobacco,” Dr P. Zwslowslawskis said.
If you’re a smoker, you should not smoke marijuana and you should be careful to choose a safe smoking method.
Smoking marijuana can cause lung damage, according a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“When you smoke marijuana, you are inhaling more THC than you are ingesting nicotine,” said Dr. D. Zwarrowskis.
“So the THC is being absorbed from the marijuana smoke into the bloodstream.”
Smoking marijuana, however, is much less harmful than inhaling nicotine, which can cause severe lung damage.
The risk of developing respiratory problems is about the same as if you had smoked a cigarette.