I am 20 and have smoked marijuana almost daily (~.5 g / day for past 5 or so years) and just stopped cigarettes (was at about 2-4 / day).
How alarmed should I be about small black specs in phlegm and an urge to clear my throat many times per day. The specs usually look like little balls and seem rather soft. Sometimes I can get more 'crap' up than others, and it is always mixed with clear spit (usually looks like 5%-15% of what I am able to clear out is the black specs).
I have no other symptoms aside from the urge to clear throat, and no feeling of inflammation in my throat or chest.
Wondering if this is just my lungs clearing out all the tar or if it is infection or cancer or what?
Also, how much does the marijuana contribute to this? (99% smoked out of water bong)
I have the exact same symptoms .... i have been a heavy marijuana smoker for years but only recently noticed the black spots and coughing in the morning , i thought smoking with a water bong would reduce the amount of particles and contaminants in the smoke , but i guess not , should i go to the doctor and get my lungs checked?
Grey/black mucus goobers caugh end from lungs. Marijuana use.
I too smoked weed every single day for five years and regularly for five years before that I'm 26 now. I smoked bowls, bongs, blunts, resin, gravities, vaporizers, etc... I smoked cigaretts starting at age sixteen at about a pack every two to three days, and quit those at age 21. I understand exactly what your talking about in regards to the chunky or soft greyish black material that can be hacked up. I've had these grey lung goobers for at least four years maybe even longer. Now every day without fail I release enought grey black mucus goobers to fill one of those really tiny Tabasco sauce bottle( I am not collecting the stuff I'm just using that as a measurement reference for you guys). I do believe that tobacco tar is not what I'm seeing. From what I've heard tobacco smoke tar stains your lungs like a wood stain and really bonds to the deepest bottom part of the lungs. The fact that I quit cigarettes about six years ago leads me to believe that what I'm finding in the mucus I caugh up is almost without a doubt a result of the huge amount of marijuana I've smoked. I believe the theory is that the marijuana resin collects in the larger airways of the bronchial passages and is more or less sticking to the mucus lining of the bronchi. I guess it's "good" that it's not coating the deep lung tissue like cigaretts do, which is what makes the cigs so damn effective at causing tumors. If this theory about the way the two kinds of smoke tar behave is infact viable, it is possible to assume that a person could expect to rid their lungs of the goobers over time so as long as the person stops using inhaled marijuana. This means vaporizers too. If we never put the black stuff in first then the vape would be fine but I'm pretty sure that most of us didn't even know about vaping until we were already experienced pot smokers. So we are simply anchoring that grey black stuff to our lungs by coating it with more heavy sticky vapor. Because of my years of smoking/vaping weed I will likely need to quit smoking/vaping for at least a year before seeing my lungs clear and free of the grey/black resin plaque that I'm caughing up in goobers.
I've pretty much smoked weed the same amount and for the same duration, smoked a cigarette here and there but wouldnt say they account for much compared to the weed ive smoked...but over the last few months after long periods of hard basketball (cardio) after i eat a meal after i'd hock up one decent sized looge with a bunch of blackish greyish specs in it--- ive had no other symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, pain or anything) but ,finally went to see a doctor, he X rayed my lungs and one second after looking at the xrays said theyre clean and fine. so it was a relief but still a wake up call- unless the tar is coming from my throat or something---but..def. not gonna smoke anymore-- id advise the same--or at least use a vaporizer or make brownies.
dont mean to be mean but im 90% sure thats bs, as far as i know all studies done on marijuana (that werent biased) have usually been on mj's side ive even heard of a study where it cured cancer lol, as far as i know the equal to a cig thing a a scare tactic (cigs are pretty much worst thing you can smoke since unlike pot and cigars and pipe tobacco, it has much more chemicals added to it including i believe tar
I always tell myself to stop trolling and correcting people but I know it's been a year since this post and you probly won't read it but here it goes: actually, marijuana has a lot higher tar content than tobacco. First of all I knew you didn't know what you were talking about because you said they added tar. Lol you don't add "tar" it's just a byproduct of heating plantlike material and resins found NATURALLY in plants, almost all plants in fact, including marijuana and tobacco. They all have resins it's a part of their anatomy, these resins ARE tar. You should really research this stuff if you involve it in your life and most certainly don't post about it on a e forum. Cancer being cured by marijuana is ridiculous. I mean completely wrong and ridiculous, and there is no way you can even do a study to test this hypothesis. Now, marijuana may ease the symptoms associated with cancer because of its effect on the brain, but in no way does marijuana "cure" cancer. Lastly, You are right about one thing, there are many additives in cigarettes that are not found in marijuana. The main thing is marijuana is natural, but is also somewhat dangerous if smoked in copious amounts, and tobacco is natural, but the difference is NICOTINE, which is super ass highly addictive even moreso than heroin, therefore your risk of developing a habit to cigarettes is higher than marijuana.. Ok I had some more stuff to say but i gotta go... Remember to never stop learning, and if you think you know something, research it anyway and prove that you are right, look stuff up and read about it, anything and everything, never stop learning knowledge is power!!!!!!
i have been smoking marijuana for the past 9 years and a pack of cigarettes a day. i asked my doctor the same question. they said it was because of the tar and build-up from smoking in our lungs. its pieces that have gotten loose and you have coughed up or have gone into your mouth from spit. it's nothing to be concerned about as in your sick. its only to be concerned about because your lungs are full of that tar. but if you stop smoking cigarettes it does get better over time.
I have done extensive studies about this myself. I went to the extreme, to find out what causes it.
I smoked marijuana recreationaly for over 5 years while smoking cigarettes as well. I found that i have black spots in my phlegm. So i decided to give the weed a break, and continued smoking cigarettes. I waited a whole year to see if it would go away but i still saw the spots in my phlegm. I then quit smoking cigarettes and started smoking marijuana again, and in about 3 weeks to a month's time, i saw that when i would bring phlegm up from my lungs, that the black spots were no longer present, and my lungs were much better and it was much easier to breath. The reason why this is, is because the nicotine resin and tar have a different solubility in phlegm then marijuana resin has. Resin from marijuana is more easily cleared from your lungs then cigarettes are.
what about when you have these symptoms and you are not a smoker of any kind.. cuz ive had these same problems black/grayish spots in my phlegm/spit.. i dont know what it is but i dont think its normal i know that at some point i need to go see a doctor but man i do get a little scared.. as far as other symptoms i just have trouble breathing at times my lungs/chest hurt, i feel tired and lazy a lot more than usual so not sure whats going on
SWIM has been smokin dope for about 16 years, only using a vaporizer the last few months, and a pack of cigs a day give or take for the last 8 years,and their mucus has gone from black/brown to clear/white. Still always hackin up mucus, but its better. The dope intake was about 7g a day. Also he is 26. And probably stoned right now.
I've been smoking weed for 42 years, along with 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day. I smoked cigs for 20 years and switched to a pipe 20 years ago. I just started getting what looks like shake in my phlegm. I was afraid to talk to my doctor or google it. I thought it was lung tissue, just like those black & white "scare us to death movies" we watched in high school in the late 60's. They were like "Reefer Madness" & "Red Asphalt".
I had chest X-rays , MRI's & too many blood tests done less then a year ago. I finally had the courage to ask how the lung X-rays looked & he said "Great, pink as a baby's bottom". I'm sure that he was joking. My lungs were in great shape a year ago & I wasn't hocking up loogies with shake in it. I also know it's not because of chemicals as I grow my own organic plants.
For some reason I feel a whole lot better about this now that I know that there are others just like me. pman