, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 280–282 | Cite as

A possible chemical basis for the higher mutagenicity of marijuana smoke as compared to tobacco smoke

  • M. Novotny
  • M. L. Lee
  • K. D. Bartle


The results of comparative analyses of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in marijuana and tobacco smoke indicate a considerably higher content of potential carcinogens in the former. A model experiment involving Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol suggests that the pyrolysis products of cannabinoids are major contributors to the polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons.


Hydrocarbon Pyrolysis Comparative Analysis Smoke Model Experiment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Novotny
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. L. Lee
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. D. Bartle
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical ChemistryUniversity of LeedsLeeds(England)

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