Have you ever smoked pot and thought, Hmm, I could go for some cocaine or maybe some Xtacy or LSD... or was it someone you were getting high with who offered some other drug?
Which part did I use for my own purpose?First you discount the source as being an editorial, then you turn around and use it for your own purposes? The only thing I used that source for was to reference the addictiveness chart published by the NIDA, which I saw a long time ago but can't seem to find again.
The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.
"We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use," he said. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect."
Study Finds No Cancer-Marijuana Connection - washingtonpost.com
FOXNews.com - Marijuana Does Not Raise Lung Cancer Risk - Health News | Current Health News | Medical NewsPeople who smoke marijuana do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer, new research suggests.
While a clear increase in cancer risk was seen among cigarette smokers in the study, no such association was seen for regular cannabis users...
...Studies suggest that marijuana smoke contains 50 percent higher concentrations of chemicals linked to lung cancer than cigarette smoke. Marijuana smokers also tend to inhale deeper than cigarette smokers and hold the inhaled smoke in their lungs longer.
So why isn’t smoking marijuana as dangerous as smoking cigarettes in terms of cancer risk?
The answer isn’t clear, but the experts say it might have something to do with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is a chemical found in marijuana smoke.
Cellular studies and even some studies in animal models suggest that THC has antitumor properties, either by encouraging the death of genetically damaged cells that can become cancerous or by restricting the development of the blood supply that feeds tumors, Tashkin tells WebMD.
There have been further studies with reversals of induced tumors in rats that indeed does show anti-tumor, anti carcinogen potential for some Cannabinoids.
here is the abstract from the Tashkin study - I could not find the full study - not that anyone would likely read the whole thing,:
Marijuana use and the risk of lung and upper aerod... [Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006] - PubMed result
Similar results had been noticed comparing tobacco and marijuana smoking in another study looking at rates of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas.
None of this is significant in regards to whether or not marijuana should be legal or not, it is significant in regards to rescheduling, the need for further unrestricted research, and the very real untapped potential medical value of cannabinoids.
Last edited by marduc; 03-15-10 at 11:21 AM.
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