Assessment of cardiovascular effects of chronic marijuana smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke in humans


  1. Matt Springer, PhD
Research Fields: 
Secondhand Smoke

We have shown in rats that acute exposure to mainstream smoke or secondhand smoke from marijuana impairs vascular endothelial function, and it has been reported by others that human tobacco smokers and people exposed frequently to secondhand smoke exhibit chronic endothelial dysfunction.  We therefore plan to recruit groups of people who are regular tobacco or marijuana smokers, or marijuana leaf vaporizer users, or people exposed frequently to marijuana secondhand smoke, to determine if they exhibit impaired endothelial function on multiple levels.