Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Teenage Son Smokes Pot

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:39 AM

Question: My teenage son recently confessed to me that he smokes marijuana. He says it is safer than cigarettes, which I smoke. Is this true?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Inhaling smoke of any kind is harmful to health and can carry grave consequences. There are some reports that carry news that marijuana is safe, or safer than cigarette smoking. Although marijuana has been used to treat certain medical conditions, its safety has also been questioned. It can cause hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, drowsiness, asthma and lung disease, and increase the risk of bleeding. Many experts believe heavy pot smokers are at increased risk for lung cancer.
I would advise both you and your son to abstain from smoking.

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Marijuana smoking can cause hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, asthma and lung diseases.
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