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Revista Uruguaya de Medicina Interna

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Abstract

TORRES, Verónica. Respiratory commitment in marijuana smokers. Rev. Urug. Med. Int. [online]. 2016, vol.1, n.3, pp.44-51. ISSN 2393-6797.

ABSTRACT   Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. The aim of this review is to describe the respiratory-related consequences of smoking marijuana, based on recently published studies. The effects of cannabis smoking on the respiratory mucosa include inflammation of the bronchial mucosa with a higher prevalence of acute and chronic bronchitis; Alteration of the antifungal and bacterial defenses of the alveolar macrophages with predisposition to respiratory infections. The effects on lung function and bronchopulmonary cancer are discordant. Studies conclude that regular inhaled consumption is detrimental to respiratory health and should be discouraged.

Keywords : marijuana; cannabis; smoking; bronchitis; lung function.

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