posted on Apr, 10 2004 @ 09:34 AM
I agree with you...most studies that say things about marijuana leading to cancer, or taking away from your motivation are from studies done in the
60s-70s anti-marijuana campaign, that lack any real proof...anyway, here are some parts I found interesting.
"It can also be much worse for your respiratory health than smoking cigarettes; the amount of tar, carbon monoxide, and cancer-causing chemicals
inhaled in marijuana smoke are three to five times greater than that inhaled from the same amount of tobacco smoke."
Actually, scientists are unsure of what it is in tobacco smoke that causes cancer, (although breathing any kind of smoking too much creates many
lesions in your lungs that can become cancerous), but it is thought that a certain ingredient in cigarettes could be the cause, and that same
ingredient is very low in marijuana smoke. Also, no lung cancer has ever been linked to strictly marijuana smoking. Not to mention, most smokers
"chain smoke", meaning they smoke a few whole cigarettes a day, or a pack, and most marijuana smokers will just take several hits and be done
(unless they smoke all day long, of course this is bad for your lungs). Cigarettes also use tobacco that has been sprayed down with all sorts of
chemicals that are bad for one's health.
"It's important also to remember that marijuana is an addictive drug, responsible for about 60% of all the teenagers who seek admission to drug
treatment centers in the U.S. Smoking marijuana leads to some changes in the brain similar to those caused by coc aine, heroin and alcohol. (Di
Chiara's study-in NIDA information). Research at the University of Columbia demonstrates that people who regularly smoke marijuana experience
withdrawal symptoms after they stop using it."
Marijuana is actually NOT physically addictive, meaning your body will not physically need or crave it when you stop...mentally it can be addictive,
as anything can. If I really really love cheese pizza, I will mentally be addicted to it similarly to marijuana, and it could be bad for me to keep
eating it, but should we make that illegal? And most people going to treatment centers for marijuana are there because they were forced to go, if
they were caught with a joint or some paraphernalia...many people are busted simply for weed and forced into these centers. Now, we all know that
alcohol and tobbaco are physically addictive, and that it is very hard for daily smokers or alcoholics to quit...and marijuana is not physically
addictive, so why aren't the first two illegal?
"Pot makes people more likely to do things they might regret later on. More kids are hurt in car crashes and are victims of violence when they use
marijuana than when they are straight. In addition, pot reduces coordination and concentration. It's harder to do things--like sports, dancing,
acting, and studying. "
First of all, saying that Pot makes people do things they might regret is based on no facts, as it is a completely subjective statement...and no #
marijuana reduces coordination and concentration in SOME users, but it is FAR FAR less than what alcohol does to people, and yet alcohol is legal. I
think almost everyone could drive, do sports, or study better high than when drunk.
And once again, just look at the facts...alcohol is the number two reason for teen deaths, it is the main reason for car accidents, and kills millions
a year. Tobacco is the number one cause of lung cancer which kills millions a year. But, marijuana has never been documented as a contributing cause
of death EVER. No deaths related to marijuana that we know of, and it is physically impossible to OD on it like alcohol.
I am not advocating any drugs, and I try not to do any drugs myself and hardly ever have, but if I were going to pick one drug, being
health-conscious, it would be Marijuana. But this is just my opinion.
[Edited on 10-4-2004 by Shoktek]