So everybody knows that smoking tobacco causes cancer, and second-hand smoke is really bad for you too. The mixture of gases and particles that make up tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 different chemical compounds. It’s estimated that over 250 of these chemicals are harmful, and at least 70 of them cause cancer. But cancer isn’t the only negative effect of smoking. Exposure to tobacco smoke immediately affects the heart, blood vessels, and blood circulation. Many smokers die of heart disease, not cancer. For instance, in California, a Tobacco Control Program has been associated with preventing 59,000 deaths resulting from heart disease between 1989 and 1997.
This is partly because our bodies respond to second-hand smoke the same way it responds to mechanical injury, by increasing our blood platelets. When these specialized blood cells clump together, they stop us from bleeding. But when platelets are activated in the absence of a gushing wound, they can aggregate in unhealthy ways that cause strokes and heart disease. But for those of you who think smoke from those “other kinds of cigarettes”, yes we are talking about weed, is probably healthier (after all, it’s totally organic). Think Again! At least when it comes to heart disease, smoke is smoke whether it contains nicotine or THC.
In the last few years, several groups are showing Marijuana use bravado and protesting against the ban of weed showing benefits of marijuana in different aspects. Seeing this, many countries like Germany, the United States, Australia, Canada and many more have legalized marijuana in their territory. Even there is an online dispensary Canada, so people can buy weed online in Canada from this online dispensary. Online market of almost everything has increased in Canada that people enthusiastic for muscle gain can buy Anavar online.
Now talking about smoke and cigarette, nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of Marijuana, are present in second-hand smoke. So even if you don’t want to be, you are exposing yourself to these compounds by just being around people that are smoking either substance. However, a new study suggests that it’s the other compounds in the smoke that have a negative effect, at least, on your cardiovascular health. In a scientific study, researchers used a cigarette-smoking machine to expose rats to both tobacco and marijuana smoke and measured the function of their main leg artery using ultrasound. Blood vessel dilation was recorded before smoke exposure and at 10 minutes and 40 minute time points post-exposure and it was observed that blood vessel, the function dropped 70 percent after 30 to 40 minutes of exposure to either of substance’s smoke. When scientists repeated the study, this time with tobacco that didn’t contain nicotine or marijuana that didn’t contain THC, the same drop in function was observed. So it is not the “buzz” or the “high” that’ll give you a heart attack, it’s the smoke itself.
Aside: Don’t worry, they totally used a negative control, rats exposed to plain old air didn’t show reduced blood vessel function at all. So thank nature for it. These results lead us to suspect that any type of smoke could cause vasoconstriction and reduced blood vessel function. So stay away from house fires as well. And when camping, consider that if the sugar from all those marshmallows you’re roasting doesn’t give you diabetes, the smoke from the campfire is probably increasing your risk for heart disease.
So stay in school kids, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and just say “no” to camping. Haha, obviously we are kidding about camping but before inhaling any smoke to the lungs is harmful to heart health.