posted on Jul, 9 2014 @ 09:34 PM
I’ll begin by saying that I have nothing whatsoever against anyone smoking or otherwise ingesting marijuana. For me personally, I've never liked
the experience so I have no real passion for it.
The focus of this post came from the news about Washington State being the second in the union to legalize the stuff. It gave me cause to think about
what this means in the long term.
What came to mind was my experience as a cigarette smoker. When I was a kid, smoking was as normal as riding a bike - everyone did it. Doctors,
preachers, you name it. Then, in the early 90’s, things started to change. The health conscious among us were pushing really hard to ban smoking
everywhere except your own private space. They desperately wanted to impose their idea of health on everyone. In the Clinton days, there was a real
war against the tobacco companies. It so happens, I quite shortly before that time.
I firmly believe that the legalization of pot for recreational use will, one day, lead to the same war by those that are concerned about everyone
else’s health. This probably won’t happen until the Feds finally decriminalize it or when the majority of states have made it legal.
There are all kinds of negative effects of pot smoking but I’m only going to concentrate on the issue with the lungs because of the similarity with
cigarettes. Not matter what you decide to light up and inhale, if it’s burning, it’s not going to be good for you. There are a lot of sources
about the health risks. Here are a few:
University of Washington
American Lung Association
Marijuana smoke contains a similar range of harmful chemicals to that of tobacco smoke (including bronchial irritants, tumor promoters and
carcinogens) (Hoffmann et al, 1975). As inhaled smoke comes into contact with airway and lung before being absorbed into the bloodstream, it is likely
to affect the respiratory system (Novotny et al, 1982).
Marijuana smoke contains a greater amount of carcinogens than tobacco smoke. In addition, marijuana users usually inhale more deeply and hold
their breath longer than tobacco smokers do, further increasing the lungs exposure to carcinogenic smoke. Marijuana use is not only associated with
adverse physical effects, but also mental, emotional and behavioral changes.
From the same source, I really love this paragraph – reminds me of the anti-cigarette arguments. Imagine when Obamacare is in full swing and a
bureaucrat gets to decide if you deserve treatment:
People who smoke marijuana frequently, but do not smoke tobacco, have more health problems and miss more days of work than nonsmokers. Many of
these extra sick days are due to respiratory illnesses.
From California Society of Addiction Medicine
there is a long article but here’s the part specifically about smoking:
Smoked marijuana is also thought to carry a risk of cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancer of the head and neck (Zhang, Morgenstern et al. 1999;
Tashkin, Baldwin et al. 2002). This concern emerges from the observation that heavy marijuana use causes biochemical and gene alterations in the
respiratory tract that are known to be markers of precancerous change (Kalant 2004). Further, marijuana smoke has many of the same carcinogenic
hydrocarbons that have been shown to cause lung cancer from tobacco (Denissenko, Pao et al. 1996). Unfortunately, marijuana has not been studied as
thoroughly as other smokeable products such as tobacco, and most of the existing studies indicate "risk," not "proof," of a relationship to
Equally, I came across some articles that try to debunk the studies. But, no matter how you slice it, putting crap into your lungs is never a good
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