Weekly Discussion- Respiratory System

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Marijuana and Human Lungs Discussion.

This discussion is a very current topic and a lot of the data strongly suggests one overall health view, but more research must be completed. The research currently being done, and you are going to read/hear about people's opinions on vaping/marijuana every week for years, but we can still talk about it now.

In WA it is a real concern since marijuana is legal. Just because it is legal, doesn't mean it's "safe". I am not for or against "drug use". I do feel strongly about a person making an informed decision, because as individuals we must make our own health choices. This is a great example of how your understanding of human A&P can allow you to critically think about a current health topic that you will hear and read the strong opinions of others and the media.

These articles are about marijuana use and E-cigarettes or vaping. I am grouping nicotine E-cigerettes with marijuana use since they are a related issue about lung health. A person can choose to vape or smoke.

Read one, a few, read them all... but if you post a comment, please reference which article you read and the question about it.

1. Is vaping safer than smoking? http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/is-vaping-really-safer-than-smoking/Content?oid=20884897 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

2. Is the vaping industry being honest? http://www.wired.com/2015/04/war-vapings-health-risks-getting-dirty/?mbid=social_fb (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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Extra reads for your craving curiosity! I like this Facebook science blog, the author is great, she links credible sources. You can read this shorter page and click on the links in the article to read more:

Is marijuana is bad for young brains? http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/regular-pot-use-bad-young-brains. She says what I want to point out, but the specific article is bellow.

http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/health-effects/marijuana-lung-health.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

What are the health cost of smoking? Any kind of "smoke" or non-clean air into the lungs is not natural and thus not "healthy". http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/12/385498822/smokings-death-toll-may-be-higher-than-anyone-knew?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150212 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Here is a video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hwbxW7sRvk (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

5. Your brain on Marijuana 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeF6rFN9org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Comment with your opinion, based on supporting evidence from one or more articles above, then comment on two other classmates' posts.

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