What are the effects of smoking corn silk?

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There have been no verified studies on the effects of smoking corn silk. Dennis Thompson Jr. tells Everyday Health that people use corn silk as a substitute for tobacco cigarettes because they view herbal cigarettes as safe and non-addictive. However, herbal cigarettes such as corn silk burn vegetable matter, which produces tar, carbon monoxide and other toxins. Thompson explains that people breathe these toxins directly into their lungs when smoking substances such as corn silk.

However, WebMD explains that people use corn silk as a medicine for a number of ailments, including bladder infections, inflammation of the urinary system, inflammation of the prostate, kidney stones and bedwetting. People also use it to treat congestive heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, fatigue and high cholesterol levels. WebMD notes that corn silk contains carbohydrates, fiber, minerals, proteins and vitamins. The site also explains that corn silk contains chemicals that may work as a diuretic as well as alter blood sugar levels and help reduce inflammation.

WebMD also notes that corn silk seems safe for most people, but it has some side effects that include allergies, itching and skin rashes. However, WebMD gives no indication as to how corn silk affects the body when smoked as opposed to consumption by other means.

Q&A Related to "What are the effects of smoking corn silk?"
1. Harvest mature corn before the corn silk turns brown or black. 2. Husk the corn, taking care not to lose any of the corn silk in the husks. Discard the husks. 3. Remove the corn
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Don't do that. Inhaling smoke is not good for your lungs.
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Some people believe it helps with asthma. Others also say it gives you a mild high
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I don't smoke at all, and I haven't since 2000.
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