Photo from Thomas Herbrich.
Boneman and Kate had a bit of a disagreement on marijuana and cigarette smoking in the comments to the last post.
I take a slightly different view. But I would, wouldn't I?
Both things are plant matter and they are being burnt and the smoke inhaled.
The smoke from both consists of a pharmacologically active substance (THC or nicotine), probably more but they are the well known ones, and a whole conconction of tars and resinous matter.
Tars being an assortment of organic compounds that have been modified, degraded and polymerised by the burning process. To what? What exactly is condensing in your body? They, to me, are more of a health worry and therefore I put marijuana and tobacco in exactly the same basket, risk-wise, as I do any smoked plant matter.
I would happily try a 'hash cookie' to see what the fuss was about but there is no way I would smoke any.
Now, there is the obvious question: what about other things that are charred before consumption? Such as roasted coffee, toast and BBQ chops. I guess I have greater faith in the stomach handling them as they either pass through the system or, if they get into the blood stream, get removed by the liver.
There doesn't seem to be a sump plug to my lungs.