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The reported "contact highs" from secondhand marijuana smoke are almost certainly a placebo effect. It is difficult to get enough secondhand smoke to get a measurable amount of the active ingredient. In actual experiments, they had to lock people in a small closet and pump in so much smoke that they actually had to wear goggles to stay in the room before the people would test positive for marijuana. ---------------------

It does affect you, and part of that has to do with genetics. Some people don't seem to be affected much, but I am very sensitive to marijuana smoke and have gotten high from my neighbor's smoke. She smokes very strong pot, and I don't know if I'd test positive, but it certainly affected my driving. One time I took a benadryl and didn't know pot smoke was coming in, and the benadryl added to the effect of the pot, and I got much more sleepy than usual from taking a benadryl.

I'm allergic to marijuana, so I've gotten coughing and Asthma from second-hand smoke, and also I get painful sores on my head when the neighbor smokes it. It gives me mood swings, then I smell her pot half an hour later. One time I was very, very tired from the marijuana smoke coming in, then when it wore off, my heart beat really fast for a couple of hours. After that, I read that a man in England had died from a heart attack after smoking marijuana, because it affects your heart rate when you smoke it and when it's wearing off. This kind of thing never happened to me in the 1960's, but maybe there's something in some new varieties that has been increased. There are at least 66 cannabinoids, and there isn't a lot of testing for them in the new varieties, just usually THC.

The book "Marijuana: What's a Parent to Believe," by Cermak describes its physiological effects.

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not exactly an obvious question but i will answer what i know on the subject.

Is it harmful? arguably yes but in its pure form it has a low neuro-toxicity level and also very low cancer causing chemicals, if in a joint with tobacco the tobacco is far more harmful and more of a worry.

Will it get you high? it could in very large doses or in an enclosed space over time however a small amount is unlikely to cause any noticeable effects and anything a person feels from second hand smoke is usually a placebo effect brought on by an expectation of a feeling from being in close proximity to a drug.

Should you worry? in short no not really, whether inhaling 2nd hand cannabis smoke or producing it its unlikely to be an issue for you or other people.

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If meth smoke is inhaled after exhaled by another, there will be no effect. Meth is quickly absorbed by the tissues in the lung. If meth smoke is inhaled in the same room from a distance, it will not take effect unless the room is significantly filled with large amounts of the direct fumes. Methamphetamine dissipates rather quickly in the air if smokes from a pipe meant for meth.

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second hand smoke of any kind can affect others to different degrees. Not only can it effect other humans but it can also effect animals also. Just a note there is much reserch done on this question. Check out ADDAC or other addiction related groups for more info.

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Apply the attributes of marijuana smoke on tobacco smoke and you'll have what you're looking for. People can test positive for marijuana through second hand marijuana smoking, long term effects can lead to bronchitis or other respiratory problems. -----------

Also, you can get sores and infections, like ear infections, and it's harder for you to get over another infection you may have.

Marijuana smoke can contain different molds, like aspergillus and penicillin, that some people are highly allergic to. Being around a lot of that can cause the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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No it has alot less carcinogens if it was blown in your mouth. BUT marijuana has THC which kills cancer cells so no cancer and virtually no tar because the lungs of the person smoking it inhaled it.

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Yes second hand marijuana smoke is harmful. Its harmful to the lungs and the fact that its a drug period with consequences. It can harm your pets and children.

I have not seen any cases where it has cured cancer. If anything it can reduce pain for cancer patients.

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It may well affect a drug test.

The threshold for a positive result is high enough that it's unlikely that you'll test positive just from being around people who smoke marijuana. However, if you were already on the borderline yourself, having your friends blaze up a bowl in the car on the way to the test could push you over the edge.

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Yes, unless it's bunk-weed, then it just gives you a headache. It's entirely possible that it is relative to second-hand smoke from tobacco as it is an inhalant.

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Of course it is! If you're around people smoking marijuana you will get the effects of the drug as well.

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highly doubt it

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