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My new neighbor smokes marijuana and I smell it in my apartment.
Does this smell endangers the health of children?


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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

Hello,

Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

There are no evidence based studies which suggest that second-hand marijuana is dangerous. However in children constant exposure of second hand Marijuana MAY cause negative health effects. (NOT well studied, but possible risk – a risk to be avoided)

Now the level of risk is determined by two factors,

1. The frequency of the smoking. If you are getting the smell only occasionally (like 3-4 times a month) it should not be a major concern.

2. The proximity of the smoking area. If the apartments are very close / as in less than 20metes and/or has a shared wall or window the risk is higher.

But remember – Just ‘smell of Marijuana’ in the air, with no obvious smoke in immediate surroundings is not a risk factor, as the cannabinoid component is very less.

I recommend you to make a logical decision based on the above factors and consider discussing your concern with your neighbour in a friendly non-threatening manner.

Hope this helps
Please feel free to ask followup questions.

Regards


Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian
Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STD)Specialist
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MD, Internal Medicine - Stanley Medical School
Medical School - MBBS - Govt. Medical College, Kottyaam

Diagnostic Prediction - Stanford School of Medicine
Received Specialty training in Critical Care, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology from Stanley Medical College and in Endocrinology, Rheumatology.

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