More Evidence of Marijuana Health Risks

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Marijuana smoking may increase risk of respiratory infections

Jan 13, 2005, 14:51

By Pankaj, US correspondent, RxPG News

Smoking marijuana is associated with increased risk of many of the same symptoms as smoking cigarettes--chronic bronchitis, coughing on most days, phlegm production, shortness of breath, and wheezing, according to a Yale study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

In addition, marijuana smoking may increase risk of respiratory exposure by infectious organisms, such as fungi and molds, since cannabis plants are contaminated with a range of fungal spores, said Brent Moore, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and lead author of the study.

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More Evidence Ties Marijuana to Stroke Risk

Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:56 AM ET

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The case of a young man who suffered a stroke more than once after smoking marijuana adds to evidence that the drug can, in rare cases, have such serious consequences, according to researchers.

On three separate occasions, the 36-year-old man suffered a stroke shortly after smoking a large amount of marijuana. He had no known risk factors for stroke and no signs of atherosclerosis, a narrowing and hardening of the arteries over time that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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