Understanding the impact of marijuana and glyphosate on both pets and humans has become increasingly crucial. With cannabis legalization and the widespread use of herbicides like glyphosate, concerns about their effects are more relevant than ever.
When pets are exposed to marijuana, the situation can be far from benign. Marijuana toxicosis, a condition caused by ingestion or inhalation, is more common in dogs than cats. This exposure, often accidental, can happen through marijuana smoke or ingestion of marijuana products. The symptoms can range from lung irritation to more severe neurological effects. While rare, these cases highlight the need for caution and awareness among pet owners (Marijuana Toxicosis).
For humans, the risks associated with cannabis use are diverse. Smoking cannabis can lead to chronic bronchitis and lung irritation. Yet, some studies suggest that the deep inhalation associated with smoking marijuana might expand lung volume. This, however, does not negate the potential risks to lung health. Alternative consumption methods like edibles or tinctures are advised to avoid lung inflammation (Harvard Health; Northwell Health).
The effects of marijuana on developing babies are less clear, with limited studies available. The potential impact on brain development during pregnancy is a significant concern, emphasizing the need for more research in this area (Harvard Health).
Regarding glyphosate, widely known as Roundup, its toxicity levels are a topic of debate. It is reported to have lower acute and chronic toxicity to humans compared to many other herbicides and household chemicals. However, the long-term exposure risks, especially at low doses, remain a subject of ongoing study (The College of Glyphosate).
Children’s exposure to marijuana is another growing concern. Products resembling bakery items or candies might be more appealing to children, increasing the risk of unintentional ingestion. These products often contain higher THC levels than traditional marijuana smoke, posing additional risks (Children’s Exposure To Marijuana).
Vaping marijuana has been linked to more symptoms of lung damage than smoking or vaping nicotine. This highlights the potential risks associated with vaping, which may be more detrimental to lung health than other forms of smoking (University of Michigan).
It’s important to approach these findings with a degree of skepticism, as the research is ongoing and sometimes contradictory. The impact of marijuana and glyphosate on health, whether in humans or pets, is a complex topic that warrants further exploration and understanding.