Does Marijuana Harm the Lungs?

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The findings from a recent long term study conducted by a team of researchers at UCLA under Donald Tashkin suggest there is no link between marijuana use and respiratory ailments like lung cancer or COPD. Those who used marijuana for a long period of time did not face an increased risk for breathing problems, and researchers suggest cannabis might even provide protective properties. 

Another study found lungs exposed to marijuana were not compromised when it comes to transplanting them. A study in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery looked at the results of 302 lung transplants over the course of 6 years, and found there were no appreciable intra-operable or post-operable differences in short and medium-term outcomes between the 19 donors who had smoked marijuana and the 283 donors who had not. The survival rate of lungs exposed to marijuana and unexposed lungs had the same chance of survival for 1-3 year periods. 

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