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Is smoking cannabis as harmful to your health as smoking tobacco?

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While alternative forms cannabis, such as oils, are available for medical use, smoking is by far the most popular method of consumption for Canadian users. And with the legalization of cannabis in Canada on the horizon, there is heightened interest in its health benefits – as well as the potential risks associated with smoking it.

While the harmful effects of tobacco smoke are well established, the long-term health implications of smoking cannabis are less clear. What is known, however, is that cannabis smoke contains many of the same potentially harmful chemicals and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke. A 2007 study found that cannabis smoke contained higher concentrations of ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and aromatic amines, and lower concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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