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New Study Confirms Smoking Spliffs is Bad For Your Health

Everybody knows that tobacco is a dangerous, addictive substance, but many in the cannabis community still roll their herb in it to make blunts and roll it into their herb to make spliffs. Here's a big shocker — scientists say it's bad for you. On top of that, it isn't actually getting you higher.
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New Study Confirms Smoking Spliffs is Bad For Your Health

Everybody knows that tobacco is a dangerous, addictive substance, but many in the cannabis community still roll their herb in it to make blunts and roll it into their herb to make spliffs. Here’s a big shocker — scientists say it’s bad for you. On top of that, it isn’t actually getting you higher.

Smoking tobacco is associated with a host of negative health outcomes, like cancer and heart disease. Perhaps you’ve heard this before. Maybe you shouldn’t do it. Maybe, just maybe, smoking pure cannabis flower without any added tobacco is healthier than smoking spliffs.

Breaking news: Tobacco is bad for you.

But most marijuana smoked in Europe is done so in concert with tobacco. Why? One reason, according to what smokers told researchers at University College London, is a desire to get more high — but this isn’t what happens.

As researchers explain in a study recently published in Psychological Medicine, adding tobacco to your joint raises blood pressure and heart rate, increasing the risk of heart disease — and doesn’t do anything to the high.

“Nonsense,” you may say. “I feel different when I smoke a blunt or spliff—that’s why I do it.”

Let’s forget for a second that you know more than a scientist, and remember that what you’re feeling is nicotine.

“There’s a persistent myth that adding tobacco to cannabis will make you more stoned, but we found that actually, it does nothing to improve the subjective experience,” said Chandni Hindocha, the study’s lead author, in a statement released by UCL.

Researchers at UCL had 24 experienced but moderate marijuana users — those who used cannabis no more than three times a week — smoke four different mixtures: cannabis and tobacco, cannabis and a placebo, tobacco and a placebo and a total bunk joint with the placebo of both. Participants then attempted a variety of cognitive tasks and had vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure monitored.

Researchers found that adding a spliff aided memory slightly — which is consistent with earlier findings that nicotine aids concentration. There were no findings related to long-term lung health.

“There is a clear public health implication here,” said senior author Val Curran, a professor at UCL’s Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit. “Smoking cannabis with tobacco makes it more harmful to one’s physical health.”

For once, Americans are taking the global lead on responsible behavior — despite the current cultural fascination with rolling blunts: According to results from the Global Drug Survey, 77 percent of cannabis users in the UK smoke it with tobacco, as compared to only 8 percent of Americans.

This could be why many of the studies concluding cannabis use is a bad thing originate in Europe — and the only longitudinal study on long-term lung health, conducted in the US, concluded that there is no link between marijuana smoking and lung cancer.

So fire up that spliff or blunt all you want, but don’t fool yourself into thinking Yul Brynner would have approved.

TELL US, do you smoke spliffs or blunts?

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. md

    February 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve tried a lot of the drugs that are deemed to be the most addictive and out of everything, backwoods and weed together hooked me the most. Its because it tastes so good, burns so nicely, the smoke is extremely satisfying, the process of rolling and lighting it can be ritualistic, etc. It took me a while of denying that I was addicted for me to finally be able to admit it had become a problem and stop altogether. I’m glad I’m free of it now and it doesn’t really appeal to me, because the lifestyle just gets so lame, if you’re like me and just want to sit on the couch and avoid responsibilities when you’re high. But yeah, if anyones wondering, it can be super addictive

    • Mac stone

      February 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Daaaamn G….. shit so true bro its like nothing else gives you the buzz like the woods. Why i be fiening for them hos. But you right as hell bro…shits highly addictive

  2. backwoodsambassador

    January 25, 2018 at 6:10 am

    this has nothing to do with backwoods.

  3. Donaldtrump

    January 3, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Actually this is just wrong studies have shown it inscreses the active thc present in your body but myth lol k

  4. Phillipa Sillitoe

    August 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    That’s rubbish!! I don’t know anybody who thinks tobacco in a joint does anything except make the weed last longer ..and we are pussies who can’t smoke a pure joint without going mental as a consequence..lol..only kidding.

  5. #ImHighWithEyesLow

    August 18, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    How dare you turn Mac Dres Lyrics around. Shame on you.

  6. Maxcatski

    June 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

    No tobacco, please. I smoked my hash (and pot) with tobacco for years – because I was severely addicted to the tobacco. I am so happy to finally be free of the tobacco. And I still smoke as much cannabis as I want. Down with the tobacco and up with the cannabis!

    • Ginger Gilmore

      August 31, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Now that is exactly what I need.

    • Maxcatski

      September 1, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Now we have started to roll blunts with cannabis leaves instead of tobacco. You need some really sticky concentrate to put one together. No tobacco, no paper and all cannabis!

  7. SpareRib

    June 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Joints with glass tips and hash… yummy!

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