Cannabis smoke contains thousands of organic and inorganic chemicals, including many of the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke.  A 2012 special report by the British Lung Foundation concluded that cannabis smoking was linked to many adverse effects, including bronchitis and lung cancer.  They identified cannabis smoke as a carcinogen and also said awareness of the danger was low compared with the high awareness of the dangers of smoking tobacco particularly among younger users. They said there was an increased risk from each cannabis cigarette due to drawing in large puffs of smoke and holding them.  Cannabis smoke has been listed on the California Proposition 65 warning list as a carcinogen since 2009, but leaves and pure THC are not. 
No. with Atopic Dermatitis
No. with Psoriasis vulgaris
Mean age (years)
43 (range 22-57)
Mean duration of treatment with Group III or IV topical steroids (years)
16 (range 6-25)
Localization of skin atrophy:
Clinical evaluation of severity of symptoms and signs of skin atrophy at baseline and at end of treatment.
Clinical parameters Mean severity at baseline Mean severity at end of treatment Decreased thickness of skin (range 2-3) Laxity (range 2-3) Purpura/Echymoses (range 1-3) Dryness Teleangiectasia (range 2-3) (range 1-2) Table 3.
Mean epidermal and dermal thickness, skin elasticity, erythemal and moisture indexes at baseline and after 8 months of treatment with Vivida of 40 patients with corticosteroid induced skin atrophy. Parameters Baseline 8 months Epidermal thickness (mm) (-) (-) Dermal thickness (mm) (-) (-) Elasticity Index 44 (39-53) 74 (65-78) Erythemal Index (-) (-) Moisture Index (11-37) (75-97)
An excessive level of corticosteroids may cause Cushing's disease. When a pet is on long-term, high doses of glucocorticoids, there is an increased risk that it will develop a condition called iatrogenic (medication induced) Cushing's disease. The clinical signs of Cushing's disease include increased thirst and urination, an increase in UTI's and skin and ear infections, a "pot-bellied" appearance, thinning skin and hair loss. In the treatment of some diseases, the risk of iatrogenic Cushing's disease is unavoidable. To minimize this risk, corticosteroid doses are tapered down over time, or several different drugs may be used in combination.