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Author Topic: Smoking Pot Related to Higher Lung Disease Risk in HIV-Positive Men  (Read 563 times)

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Offline Jim Allen

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Well to be honest my guess is inhaling any smoke from something burning could be harmful anyhow below the news on smoking pot.

Full Poz.com write-up:

https://www.poz.com/article/smoking-pot-related-higher-lung-disease-risk-hivpositive-men

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Smoking Pot Related to Higher Lung Disease Risk in HIV-Positive Men
Researchers compared lung disease diagnoses among groups of HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who reported about marijuana use.

Among the men living with HIV, recent marijuana smoking was associated with a 43 percent higher risk of infectious lung disease and a 54 percent higher risk of noninfectious lung disease independent of tobacco smoking and other risk factors for lung disease. When HIV-positive men smoked both marijuana and tobacco, these risks were higher.

There was no association between recent marijuana smoking and lung disease risk among the HIV-negative men.
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Re: Smoking Pot Related to Higher Lung Disease Risk in HIV-Positive Men
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2019, 11:57:26 am »
I know I'm like a broken record but I find headlines like this rather misleading, without all manner of context and without clear acknowledgement of the limitations of the studies.

Without going through the study in detail, much of the study seemingly relied on self-reported use of weed, as well as self-reported pulmonary symptoms. Immediately there is a potential issue, especially when HIV folk may be more aware of certain 'disease' symptoms (which in this study, include bronchitis, pneumonia COPD etc) than negative folk. The study also ran from 1996, which would have included some of the previous generation ARVs for HIV folk, and we all know about many of the side effects that may have impacted adherence and/or caused other problems making certain ailments more common.

It also covers those who had daily usage of marijuana whereas the headline could imply any level of use.

Bottom line is - Inhaling anything but clean air is likely to lead to increased risk of lung problems in just about anyone, especially those with pre-existing conditions. That would include drug use (whether tobacco, weed or chemicals) or even living in built up urban areas or working in certain industries.
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Re: Smoking Pot Related to Higher Lung Disease Risk in HIV-Positive Men
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2019, 08:57:20 am »
Totally agree with you both!

I donít smoke anything because it just doesnít sound like a good idea...HIV + or -.

But nothing wrong with THC gummy bears. Just a personal observation there.
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Re: Smoking Pot Related to Higher Lung Disease Risk in HIV-Positive Men
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2019, 09:17:12 am »
lol

To me its a bit like "Water is wet" news, but sure there tends to be people thinking its not the case.
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