Australian ‘Bong Lung’ – UK on verge of steep lung disease rise in young adults – due to heavy spliff smoking?
Researchers believe high cannabis and tobacco use was the major cause of the aggressive and advanced emphysema, independent of any genetic susceptibility, as all the patients had normal levels of the genes alpha 1 antitrypsin and chymotypsin.
Deficiencies of these genes can lead to the development of lung disease in some people.
Studies across the globe have also begun to pick up on this advanced and severe emphysema affecting young to middle aged people who use illicit drugs. In Australia smoking cannabis through a bong device, has led to the rise of what experts are now calling ‘bong lung.’