Healthy Lungs #1: Do Marijuana Users Have A Greater Lung Capacity?


Can marijuana actually support healthy lungs? As with most research surrounding the cannabis plant, lots of studies go back and forth on this topic. In this new Healthy Lungs series, we’ll look into the various ways marijuana may be able to support lung health and the opposing viewpoints. To kick us off, we’ll address a claim oft cited by stoners around the globe: do marijuana users have a greater lung capacity? 

Marijuana and lungs: always controversial

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Marijuana’s impact on healthy lungs has been a subject of debate for quite some time. Over the years, the act of smoking has faced considerable flack for it’s associated health risks. Yet, when we talk about cannabis, the way the herb affects the lungs is a little more complicated than you might expect. Believe it or not, some studies suggest that cannabis may have some positive effects on the respiratory system.

One potential positive effect? An increased lung capacity. Here are the details:

Cannabis and lung capacity

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