Re: Second try

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Posted by Nick on July 15, 2002 at 19:34:55:

In reply to: Second try posted by Paul on July 15, 2002 at 15:31:52:

If i am correct, it's not just the actual contents of the henna that
you're inhaling when you inhale smoke from burned henna powder. The
action of the heat on the henna molecules changes at least a part of
them into different substances, some of which may be carcinogenic.
I'm no authority on pyroparticulate changes of matter, so that may
not be correct, but it seems to make sense.

: Given that most henna powders seem to be nothing more than ground
: henna leaves or stems, and aren't known to contain carcinogens, I
: would have to think that smoking henna would be "better" than
: tobacco, especially commercially-produced tobacco, pipe tobacco, or
: cigarettes. But I agree with Maureen that it's entirely possible to
: inhale the particulates into one's lungs unless caution was
: against this possibility. Of course, smoke IS particulates, just
: particulates. But inhaling visible henna particles would be a
: irritant for the lungs and upper bronchial passages to deal with.
: with everything similar, though, it's probably not a big deal
: it becomes a habit. :)
: -P


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