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NCJ Number: 163344 Find in a Library
Title: Waterpipe Study
Journal: MAPS  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(Spring 1996)  Pages:59-66
Author(s): D Gieringer
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two brief articles report on a study to determine the efficacy of various smoking devices at reducing the concentration of tars relative to cannabinoids.
Abstract: The waterpipe study was motivated by concerns that marijuana smoking, like tobacco smoking, posed hazards to respiratory health. The study tested smoke from seven different sources. It focused on two key components of the smoke: total solid particulates, or tars, waste by-products of burning leaf like those from tobacco; and cannabinoids, the chemicals distinctive to marijuana, including THC, its major psychoactive ingredient. The tests disclosed that waterpipes do not necessarily protect users from harmful tars in marijuana smoke. Waterpipes filter out more THC than they do other tars, thereby requiring users to smoke more to reach their desired effect. The study does not rule out the possibility that waterpipes could have other benefits, such as filtering out gases. It suggests that other methods, such as the use of high potency marijuana, vaporizers, or oral ingestion are needed to avoid toxins in marijuana smoke. References
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug analysis; Drug effects; Drug information; Drug paraphernalia; Drug research; Drug use; Marijuana; Studies
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