Two of the world's most popular drugs are marijuana and tobacco. One billion people use tobacco worldwide and 182 million people use cannabis.
While we know that tobacco is harmful to our health there's a bit of controversy as to how pot can affect us. No matter what you believe regarding the physical and mental effects of both drugs, there's one thing that has been proven. The adverse health effects of tobacco and marijuana are well known.
Below, you'll find a list of effects for both. If you need help because you're addicted to pot, call Legacy Freedom of Greensboro. We offer the most affordable outpatient treatment for drug rehab in Greensboro.
Short-term effects of Marijuana
- Impaired motor function
- Decreased decision-making ability
- Reduced memory
Long Term Effects of Marijuana
- Physical dependence
- Psychological addiction
- Permanent decrease in cognitive performance
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory disease
- Risk for certain cancers
Effects of Smoking Tobacco Use
- Lung disease
- High blood pressure
- Lung cancer
- Heart disease
- Oral health issues
- Kidney dysfunction
Most of the time, smoking cigarettes is considered the gateway to smoking pot. Many times, users mix the two together and smoke them at one time. This is troublesome for many reasons.
For one, mixing the two substances together can increase the effects of pot. It can cause a more extreme high.
Secondly, a new study from Frontiers in Psychiatry suggests that using the two simultaneously can cause a greater dependency. If you have a loved one that needs rehab from drugs abuse, please call Legacy Freedom of Greensboro for quality care.
According to Chandni Hindocha, a doctoral student at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit of University College London and lead author of this study, "Cannabis dependence and tobacco dependence manifest in similar ways, so it is often difficult to separate these out in people who use both drugs." She also states that "Cannabis is less addictive than tobacco, but we show here that mixing tobacco with cannabis lowers the motivation to quit using these drugs."
This study, like the one we talked about in our previous blog was lead by King's College London, as well as the University College London, the University of Queensland, the South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust.
Sciencedaily.com reports that "33,687 cannabis users who participated in the 2014 Global Drug Survey, an anonymous online survey of drug use, conducted each year in partnership with international media such as Die Zeit, The Guardian, Libération, and the Huffington Post. Participants came from a total of 18 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Australasia. The new study is the first to survey the popularity of different methods of cannabis consumption -- so-called routes of administration -- around the world."
The study revealed that people who smoke cigarettes and marijuana are less likely to quit tobacco. This means that they're probably not interested in quitting using cannabis either. The study also suggests that users should seek help from an addiction rehab so that they're able to at least break the tobacco habit. Because the nicotine is more physically addicting and marijuana is often a mental addiction, it's important to fight it first. Then, a user can begin working on giving up pot use as well.
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We hope this information helps you understand why mixing both pot and tobacco is more addictive and harmful to your health. If you need help fighting an addiction, contact our facility for drug rehab in Greensboro. We are here to help you get your life back on track.