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A Surprise: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Cancer!

Posted by on Monday, 9 December, 2013

 

Cute cartoon about smoking pot

MARIJUANA NOT A CARCINOGEN

Have you ever smoked a joint?Because those things aren’t exactly full of wonderful stuff.  There are a lot more cancer causing things in marijuana smoke than in cigarette smoke. And marijuana smoke causes pre-cancerous changes in bronchial tissue and leaves four times as much tar in the lungs as cigarettes.

Even worse. Pot smokers hold the smoke in their lungs four times longer.

So just how bad is marijuana for you?

SURPRISE!

That’s the thing. A study by Donald Tashkin, M.D., of the University of California in Los Angeles was a big surprise. For pot smokers – even heavy pot smokers – there was  no detectable cancer effect in the head, neck and lungs. None at all. None.

The study was an epidemiological study that looked at hundreds of cigarette and marijuana smokers. Dr. Tashkin speculates that maybe marijuana smoke is so potent that the cells that are affected are too damaged to even become cancerous cells. I hope you find that comforting. Other studies seem to show there’s something in marijuana that inhibits cancer.One shows its active ingredient cutting the growth of lung tumors in half.

What does MISTER ScienceAintSoBad think?

The result seems crazy. Maybe another study will refute this one. Or not. There were some studies that pointed to long term brain damage but they got upended too. Newer studies say no. Seriously. There isn’t much proof that this potentially bad thing is a bad thing.

If you’re a grown up, you can make your own call but don’t forget it’s not exactly legal most places, okay?

If you’re a kid, don’t be s-t-u-p-i-d. You don’t need this.

MISTER ScienceAintSoBad is surprised about all this. Maybe I missed something? Let me know, okay?

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The drawing is mine

And don’t forget the old saying “Better safe than high.”