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Tobacco vs. Marijuana

Both Tobacco and Marijuana are almost if not are used on the same level of consumption. For known reasons with legality issues of marijuana, not all statistics have been reported. This article is here to show the differences between these 2 substances, and hopefully, provide information on which is safer for use and consumption.

References for Tobacco: http://apocalypsecometh.com, http://www.nytimes.com, http://www.businessinsider.com, http://www.cdc.gov

References for Marijuana:  http://adai.uw.edu , http://norml.org, http://www.nlm.nih.gov, http://www.howstuffworks.com

What is Tobacco?

  • Tobacco is a product processed from the dried leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana.
  • product manufactured from the leaf used in cigars and cigarettes, snuff, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and flavored shisha.
    Tobacco Flower
    Tobacco Flower
  • The tobacco plant is a member of the nightshade family called Solanaceae.
  • There are more than sixty-four species of tobacco.

Where does Tobacco grow?

  • The tobacco plant grows naturally in various parts of North and South America, Australia, a few South Pacific islands, and one species in Namibia, in southwestern Africa. Major Producers include China, Pakistan, Brazil, and India

Consumptions of Tobacco

  • smoking
  • chewing
  • snuffing
  • dipping

Good Facts About Tobacco

  • Strong appetite suppressant and many use it to self-treat compulsive overeating disorders or obesity
  • Cigarette smoking has also been linked to a decrease in risk of certain inflammatory disorders, since nicotine itself appears to be an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Tobacco smoke’s anti-inflammatory effects may actually provide some benefits to children who are exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Nicotine found in cigarettes reduces psychiatric, cognitive, sensory, and physical effects of schizophrenia, and also provides relief of common side effects from antipsychotic drugs
  • Put a cigarette in a quart of water and let it stand overnight. The nicotine will release a poison into the water that you can use to spray and kill insects with. (But important to know you’re smoking the same poison.

Bad Facts About Tobacco

  • nicotine activates some pro-carcinogenic activities, thus potentially increasing the carcinogenic effects of tobacco smoke
  • The harms caused by using tobacco include diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancers).
  • Smoking tobacco causes such side effects as coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and troubled breathing
  • More than 4000 ingredients are in every cigarette, creating 200 “compound chemicals.”

Deaths from Tobacco

  • 400,000 deaths yearly in the United States, and has a significant negative effect on health in general.
  • over 140,000 lung-related deaths in 2001 were attributed to tobacco smoke
  • 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century
  • The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004

Annual Cigarette Smoking-Related Mortality in the United States*

Disease

Male

Female

Total

*In this table, deaths due to secondhand smoke and fire burn are not included.
Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer)
Lip, Oral Cavity, Pharynx

3,749

1,144

4,893

Esophagus

6,961

1,631

8,592

Stomach

1,900

584

2,484

Pancreas

3,147

3,536

6,683

Larynx

2,446

563

3,009

Trachea, Lung, Bronchus

78,680

46,842

125,522

Cervix Uteri

0

447

447

Kidney and Renal Pelvis

2,827

216

3,043

Urinary Bladder

3,907

1,076

4,983

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

855

337

1,192

Subtotal

104,472

56,376

160,848

Cardiovascular Diseases
Ischemic Heart Disease

50,884

29,121

80,005

Other Heart Disease

12,994

8,060

21,004

Cerebrovascular Disease

7,896

8,026

15,922

Atherosclerosis

1,282

611

1,893

Aortic Aneurysm

5,628

2,791

8,419

Other Arterial Disease

505

749

1,254

Subtotal

79,139

49,358

128,497

Respiratory Diseases
Pneumonia, Influenza

6,042

4,381

10,423

Bronchitis, Emphysema

7,536

6,391

13,927

Chronic Airway Obstruction

40,217

38,771

78,988

Subtotal

53,795

49,543

103,338

Grand Total

237,406

155,277

392,683

 

What is Marijuana?

  • Cannabis, also known as marijuana (from the Mexican Spanish marihuana), is derived from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa).
  • The main active ingredient in cannabis is called delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. This is the part of the plant that gives the “high.”
    Cannabis Sativa
    Cannabis Sativa
  •  There is a wide range of THC potency between cannabis products.
  • Marijuana is made from dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It is the least potent of all the cannabis products and is usually smoked.

Where does Marijuana Grow?

  • It grows wild in many of the tropical and temperate areas of the world.
  •  It can be grown in almost any climate, and is increasingly cultivated by means of indoor hydroponic technology.

Good Facts About Marijuana

  • Feeling of well-being;
  • Compounds found in cannabis have been shown to kill numerous cancer types including: lung cancer, breast and prostate, leukemia and lymphoma, glioma, skin cancer, and pheochromocytoma.
  • The THC present in cannabis smoke should exert a protective effect against pro-carcinogens that require activation.
  • Decreased nausea;

Bad Facts About Marijuana

  • Talkativeness (not deadly just annoying);
  • Drowsiness;
  • Loss of inhibitions(self-consciousness );
  • Increased appetite;
  • Loss of co-ordination;
  • Bloodshot eyes;
  • Dryness of the eyes, mouth, and throat;
  • Anxiety and paranoia.
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Delays Reaction Time

Consumption

  • Cannabis is usually smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (known as “joints”) or in special water pipes (“bongs”). These pipes or bongs can be bought or made from things such as orange juice containers, soft drink cans or even toilet rolls. Vaporizers are also used for consumption, but not often for all users.

 Deaths From Marijuana

A. Marijuana


DRUG
(Year Approved)

Primary Suspect of the Death

Secondary Suspect (Contributing to death)

Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 – 6/30/05

1. Marijuana (not approved)
also known as: Cannabis sativa L

0

109

109

2. Cannabis (not approved)
also known as: Cannabis sativa L

0

78

78

3. Cannabinoids
(unclear if these mentions include non-plant cannabinoids)

0

92

92

Sub-Total – Anti-Emetics

0

279

279

 

 

FDA-Approved Drugs Prescribed in Place of Medical MarijuanaB. Anti-Emetics


DRUG
(Year Approved)

Primary Suspect of the Death

Secondary Suspect (Contributing to death)

Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 – 6/30/05

1. Compazine (1980)
also known as: Phenothiazine, prochlorperazine

15

30

45

2. Reglan (1980)
also known as: Metaclopramide, Paspertin, Primperan

37

278

315

3. Marinol (1985)
also known as: Dronabinol

4

1

5

4. Zofran (1991)
also known as: Ondansetron hydrochloride

79

76

155

5. Anzemet (1997)
also known as: Dolasetron mesylatee

22

5

27

6. Kytril (1999)
also known as: Granisetron hydrochloride

36

24

60

7. Tigan (2001)
also known as: Trimethobenzamide

3

15

18

Sub-Total – Anti-Emetics

196

429

625

 

C. Anti-Spasmodics

DRUG
(Year Approved)

Primary Suspect of the Death

Secondary Suspect (Contributing to death)

Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 – 6/30/05

1. Baclofen (1967)
also known as: Lioresal, 4-amino-3-(4-chlorophenyl)-butanoic acid

72

33

105

2. Zanaflex (1996)
also known as: Tizanidine hydrochloride, Sirdalud, Ternelin

46

23

69

Sub-Total – Anti-Spasmodics

118

56

174

 

D. Anti-Psychotics


DRUG
(Year Approved)

Primary Suspect of the Death

Secondary Suspect (Contributing to death)

Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 – 6/30/05

1. Haldol (1967)
also known as: Haloperidol, Haldol Decanoate, Serenace, Halomonth

450

267

717

2. Lithium (1970)
also known as: Lithium Carbonate, Eskalith, Lithobid, Lithonate, Teralithe, Lithane, Hypnorex, Limas, Lithionit, Quilonum

175

133

308

3. Neurontin (1994)
also known as: Gabapentin

968

302

1,270

Sub-Total – Anti-Psychotics

1,593

702

2,295

 

E. Other Well-Known and Randomly Selected FDA-Approved Drugs


DRUG
(Year Approved)

Primary Suspect of the Death

Secondary Suspect (Contributing to death)

Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 – 6/30/05

1. Ritalin (1955)
also known as: Methylphenidate, Concerta, Medadate, Ritaline
(used to treat ADD and ADHD)

121

53

174

2. Wellbutrin (1997)
also known as: Bupropion Hydrochloride, Zyban, Zyntabac, Amfebutamone
(used to treat depression & anxiety)

1,132

220

1,352

3. Adderall (1966)
also known as: Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate USP, Amphetamine Sulfate USP
(used to treat narcolepsy or to control hyperactivity in children)

54

12

66

4. Viagra (1998)
also known as: Sildenafil Citrate
(used to treat erectile dysfunction)

2,254

40

2,294

5. Vioxx* (1999)
also known as: Rifecixub, Arofexx
(used to treat osteoarthritis and pain)

4,540

167

4,707

Sub-Total – Other Popular Drugs

8,101

492

8,593

 

F. TOTALS of A-E

Primary Suspect

Secondary Suspect (Contributing to death)

Total Deaths Reported
1/1/97 – 6/30/05

  • TOTAL DEATHS FROM MARIJUANA

0

279

279

  • TOTAL DEATHS FROM 17 FDA-APPROVED DRUGS

10,008

1,679

11,687

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  6. So. Is Marijuana a member of the nightshade families!? As a plant or a food? Amd If I smoke nightshade palnts like tobacco, will it have the same affect as eggplant on my jojnts?

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