The use of a tobacco grinder for smoking marijuana may be the safest alternative for users who want to quit, but it is not the most effective way to reduce the risk of developing tobacco dependence, according to a new study.
The study by the National Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (NCCAMH) of 1,071 people aged 18 to 75 found that using a tobacco smoker’s inhaler instead of a regular cigarette did not significantly reduce the use of marijuana, while using a cannabis cigarette did.
“The results of this study suggest that the use and potential use of an alternative inhaler may not be a safer alternative to smoking tobacco,” said the lead author, NCCAMS Dr. Jennifer Schoenfeld.
The findings could help inform public health policies, including the potential legalization of marijuana in the U.S. In the U-turn on tobacco, the study also showed that people who had tried marijuana before started to experience the same symptoms as those who used it recreationally.
But in a separate study conducted in 2013, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that cannabis users who used cannabis regularly had higher rates of lung cancer and other cancer-related deaths than the same users who didn’t smoke marijuana.
The new study is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
It comes at a time when the U,S.
government is considering new guidelines for the legalization of recreational use of cannabis.
In addition to making marijuana safer to use, the new study also found that users of tobacco cigarettes were less likely to have tobacco dependence and tobacco-related illness than those who did not smoke tobacco.
The current study, which included 6,621 participants, was part of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) and was funded by the U of T’s Department of Health, Faculty of Medicine.