Cannabis and tobacco are common drugs of abuse worldwide and are often used in combination through various types of administration.
Cannabis and tobacco are two of the world’s most commonly used drugs. With recent prevalence statistics suggesting one billion people worldwide smoke tobacco, equating to 22.6% of adults. Cannabis is also the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide with 3.5% of adults (174 million people) using cannabis.
Many cannabis users smoke their weed in a joint, it’s the old classic. If you’re not into vaping, or using edibles and insists on rolling your joints with tobacco then take note.
The health effects of marijuana are determined by how it’s consumed. Marijuana is most commonly smoked using pipes, or rolled into joints, blunts or devices that vaporize marijuana. Marijuana can also be consumed as edibles and come in many various forms such as candy, brownies, beverages and many more.
Nicotine & Tobacco addiction
Nicotine is an addictive substance that is mainly taken in through the lungs. Smoke from marijuana or tobacco carcinogens are released from the combustion of materials. The urge to continue smoking as well as the difficulties in quitting the habit come from nicotine dependence. The nicotine in tobacco is addictive, each cigarette has approximately 10 milligrams of nicotine. From the total a smoker will get about 1 to 2 milligrams of nicotine from each cigarette. This is enough nicotine to make someone addicted.
Nicotine is only one of more than 4,000 chemicals, found in the smoke from tobacco products. Many of these other ingredients are tar, and carbon monoxide. Tar causes emphysema, lung cancer and bronchial diseases. Carbon monoxide causes heart problems, and the main reason smokers are at high risk for heart disease. Smoke from marijuana combustion has many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke. Mixing tobacco and marijuana and then smoking it as you would a joint increases your exposure to more chemical.
Marijuana is typically smoked differently than tobacco. Marijuana smokers will inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than a cigarette this leads to a greater exposure per breath to tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine.
Symptoms of withdrawal when trying to quit smoking tobacco include irritability, attention difficulties, sleep disturbances and changes in appetite.
Weed without Tobacco
A study which compared the addiction of cigarette tobacco (nicotine) when mixed with marijuana was published in July by Journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.
It concluded that smokers who mix tobacco and marijuana are more likely to develop a dependency. Not necessarily from the cannabis but from the nicotine in the tobacco which leads to addiction. Making it much harder for someone who wants to one day quit either drug.
The aim of this study was to provide a global overview of cannabis and tobacco and how they are administered. As well as to examine their association with motivation to use less cannabis and tobacco.
In North America, there was high use of vaporizers. Devices that heat up cannabis electronically, allowing the vapor to be inhaled without combustion.
The trend toward cannabis vaporizers is significant as they may be less harmful than smoked cannabis (with or without tobacco).
Our data suggest a low prevalence of tobacco use and higher prevalence of vaporizer use in the United States and Canada. Which may be an important predictor of reduced future tobacco consumption among cannabis users in these countries.
One recent study found those using “pure” cannabis showed less problematic cannabis use than those using cannabis mixed with tobacco.
Our results are consistent with this and other previous research suggesting tobacco smoking is more problematic for those who also use cannabis.
A vast majority of European cannabis users use tobacco with their marijuana 77-90%.
Compared to almost 52% of Australians and only 20% of New Zealand cannabis users.
Combining both tobacco and marijuana is even less popular in the Americas.