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Does Marijuana Cause Cancer?

Just because no large scale, epidemiological studies show a correlation between marijuana and lung cancer, doesn't mean it can be ruled out. Read More

this is hilarious, I know so

this is hilarious, I know so many people who are 50 and have been smoking since 15 who are completely healthy today. LETS FACE IT AMERICA! MARIJUANA AINT GOING ANYWHERE AND IT WILL BE LEGALIZED FOR EVERYONE ONE DAY.

theres more studies of

theres more studies of marijuana HEALING cancer, than causing it...

108 Scientific Abstracts That Marijuana Heals Cancer

Having done independent research regarding chemicals naturally found within marijuana here is a list of 108 scientific abstracts that indicate the major health benefits of marijuana and cancer. This is just a small picture of what it can do for cancer. We will be adding to this list.

http://www.bodyepiphanies.com/cancer-research.html

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21566064
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20950604
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20649976
6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442435
7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454173
8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276
9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16728591
10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250836
11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11269508
12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21426373
13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21532172
14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304
15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21525939
16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21469989
17. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21410463
18. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21312237
19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21233844
20. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21220494
21. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21195743
22. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21175579
23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714
24. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21094209
25. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20925645
26. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20852034
27. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20668920
28. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734
29. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20514410
30. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20176037
31. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053780
32. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19914218
33. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19908944
34. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19889794
35. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19729208
36. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19690545
37. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19638490
38. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19609004
39. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19596652
40. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589225
41. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19519560
42. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536
43. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19425170
44. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19285265
45. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19262386
46. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19221634
47. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19165445
48. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19047095
49. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18725316
50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18629502
51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18625004
52. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18496477
53. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18486111
54. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18438336
55. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18387516
56. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18339876
57. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18286801
58. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18197164
59. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18159069
60. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18088200
61. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
62. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952648
63. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17823781
64. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17727390
65. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17712817
66. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675107
67. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17621270
68. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17583570
69. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17566383
70. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17563462
71. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17494903
72. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17478614
73. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17430144
74. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17405893
75. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17364413
76. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17362921
77. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17343326
78. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17342320
79. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17250825
80. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17237277
81. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17202146
82. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17192847
83. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17074588
84. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17068343
85. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17065222
86. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16969427
87. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16968947
88. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16936228
89. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16931481
90. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16924491
91. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16918439
92. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16909207
93. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594
94. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16893424
95. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818650
96. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818634
97. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16810344
98. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16804518
99. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16754784
100. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16699878
101. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16616335
102. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596790
103. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16596788
104. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16571653
105. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16540272
106. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16517414
107. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16515464
108. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16501583

Thanks!

Thanks!

It kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors

Enough with this garbage. And it doesn't have to be smoked. Stop with this type of population control. No wonder people with money take longer to die of cancer in the last 30 years.

PhD?

Why is it that a PhD will write an article like this without being current on the facts? This is why people lose their credibility.

grasping at straws

You're right, and in addition you don't even have to smoke it, you can vape or eat it. Article is just more b/s, lies and propaganda by people who are afraid or misinformed.

studies like these always

studies like these always seem to ignore the fact that even though the usual hit off a joint may deposit more tar than a cigarette, people don't generally smoke 20 joints a day, unlike many people with a pack-a-day (or more) cigarette habits.

Most evidence seems to say marijuana cures and prevents cancer

There has NEVER been even one documented case of marijuana causing cancer. In fact: "Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!" http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study

Marijuana has ingredients in it that have been proven to heal and even prevent cancer! There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana, and in a large study presented to the American Thoracic Society in 2006, even heavy users of smoked marijuana were not found to have any increased risk of lung cancer. Unlike heavy tobacco smokers, heavy marijuana smokers exhibit no obstruction of the lung’s small airway. That indicates that people will not develop emphysema from smoking marijuana. Marijuana has ingredients in it that expand air passages. Asthma patients have reported relief from attacks by SMOKING marijuana!

In 1972, after reviewing the scientific evidence, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers had been grossly overstated. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies of humans, animals, and cell cultures. None reveal any findings dramatically different from those described by the National Commission in 1972. In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health.

Medical Marijuana to be Grown in White House Garden this Year:
http://glossynews.com/society/health/201102050309/medical-marijuana-to-b...

In 1988, after reviewing all the scientific evidence presented in a lengthy lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote:
“MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.”

Judge young's "Opinion and recommended ruling, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Decision of Administrative Law Judge", also said:

"7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana's LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is estimated that marijuana's LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity."

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/mjfaq1.htm
Because the tobacco industry is suppressing the information. (2) Tobacco smoke is theorized to work as a kind of "magnet" for airborne radioactive particles such as radon, causing them to deposit in your lungs instead of on walls, rugs, or draperies [48]. (3) Tobacco, unlike marijuana, contains nicotine, which may harden arteries and cause many of the cases of heart disease associated with tobacco use. It also breaks down into cancer-promoting chemicals called N Nitrosamines when burned, and perhaps even when it is inside the body [37]. (4) THC is a bronchial dilator, which means it works like a cough drop by opening up your lungs and therefore aiding in the clearance of smoke and dirt. Nicotine has the exact opposite effect. (5) Unlike the chemicals in marijuana, nicotine has a paralyzing effect on the tiny hairs along the body's air passages. These hairs normally work to keep foreign matter out of the lungs. This means that carcinogenic tar from cigarette smoke is relatively much harder to purge from your lungs than is that from marijuana. And finally, (6) Marijuana users smoke significantly less than cigarette smokers do because of both marijuana's psychoactive properties (this is called "auto-titration") and nicotine's high potential for physical addiction [21]. It is important to note that the NCTR study found no signs of lung cancer in its autopsied rhesus monkeys who had smoked marijuana for one year [6].

No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read:
MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage:
Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/home
All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/index.html

If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged serious harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!

Thank you

Dear jsknow,
Thank you for your thorough reply. I will definitely read these resources and get back to you.
Thanks.

cancer

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/05/060526083353.htm

http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/5169.html
the second link is a guy who made hemp oil with a high thc content to cure cancer and at the bottom of the page there's several other different links of studies showing pots potential to cure cancer.

it is known that there's a lot of carcinogens in pot like cigarettes, but the thc and other chemicals in pot have been shown to program the cell to kill itself before turning cancerous.

More Good Information!

Well worth considering:
http://marijuanamovie.org/

Wow! I call shenanigans.

The article states: "Doll et al. (2005) conducted a 50 year follow-up study of 40,000 volunteers and showed that half of all regular cigarette smokers eventually die of lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreatic or bladder cancer or asthma or emphysemas (Doll, 2005)."

Ummm...no, that study DIDN'T come to that conclusion AT ALL! In fact, such a categorization by Dr. Gumbiner is nothing short of intellectual fraud. Credibility shattered, the work of Dr. Gumbiner find its way into the dustbin for eternity.

Good treatment

I guess you can believe what you want to and take your beliefs to the grave for all i care.There are close to 11 mil people using cannabis oil to cure and treat illness's.I'm one of them.I had one hell of a bad case of arthritis and i treated it with cannabis oil.I took a teaspoon twice a day for 5 days and the arthritis hasn't come back for a year now.How much do you think a years worth of arthritis medicine would cost you? This one time treatment cost me $75.There are people in Amsterdam curing their cancers with cannabis oil.Here you just put death off for a little while.Don't worry there are lots of people using here in the states.Why in the world would they say anything.You get 5 months to live with the treatments for prostrate cancer in the states.That is stage 3.Ask my brother.This is what the doctors told him 4 years ago.He is alive and well without the use of chemo.You are not going to change my mind because i know first hand,do you or are you just repeating something you read?

Effective Herbal Medicine

Cannabis has been around for centuries and is a very effective herbal medicine. I don't understand your attacks.

JS Know, you foooool.

You posted this link.

http://glossynews.com/society/health/201102050309/medical-marijuana-to-b...

Among all your other so called Pro-Marijauna, reliable links??

DUDE.

THAT.
IS
A
JOKE
WEBSITE.

Like The Onion.

LOL, and you finish your long list of links with a statement "You've been duped!!"

I think you are the one duped.

If you can't even spot a joke website among your pro-marijauna links, how can we trust your other links as truthful or backed up?

Just a little proof

Go to Montana PBS Presents>Clearing the Smoke The Science of Cannabis.You can see here how doctors know the stuff works.I really haven't any time for people like you.You read and you reapeat without any first hand knowledge.

Medical Marijuana Research List

For a complete list of recent, academic medical cannabis research check out

http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana/645925-grannys-mmj-list-jul...

This article is compete

This article is compete bullshit, and I'm really glad that people are intelligent enough to see through this fear-mongering.

Of COURSE you are going to have adverse effects to smoking ANYTHING 3-4 time a DAY. But really, who the hell has the time to smoke like that? Where are these people. Additionally, if you are smoking for medical reasons, chances are you aren't lighting up a joint/blunt/doobie all of the time.

I know a man who uses cannabis to treat depression, and he smokes at the rate in the article every few days. He cares about his lungs, so he uses a water bong. My mother and aunt have both smoked at least once a day since they were both teenagers. Both, outside of being black and having all of the typical ailments that go along with that, are well into their fifties and still kickin.

The fact that after all of this time cancer STILL can not be linked to marijuana leads me to believe that there is no truth to these allegations. Medicine has taken great pains to tell us about all of the things in our food/water/air that cause cancer but they still can't link pot to it?

I call foul. Anyway, thanks for the links guys, I will definitely be checking them out. I want to be informed when someone comes at me with some bullshit studies. Psychology Today has been on my shit list since they published a "scholarly" article by a clearly racist Japanese man about why Black women are less attractive than other women.

Keep intelligent thought alive, guys.

This article is compete

This article is compete bullshit, and I'm really glad that people are intelligent enough to see through this fear-mongering.

Of COURSE you are going to have adverse effects to smoking ANYTHING 3-4 time a DAY. But really, who the hell has the time to smoke like that? Where are these people. Additionally, if you are smoking for medical reasons, chances are you aren't lighting up a joint/blunt/doobie all of the time.

I know a man who uses cannabis to treat depression, and he smokes at the rate in the article every few days. He cares about his lungs, so he uses a water bong. My mother and aunt have both smoked at least once a day since they were both teenagers. Both, outside of being black and having all of the typical ailments that go along with that, are well into their fifties and still kickin.

The fact that after all of this time cancer STILL can not be linked to marijuana leads me to believe that there is no truth to these allegations. Medicine has taken great pains to tell us about all of the things in our food/water/air that cause cancer but they still can't link pot to it?

I call foul. Anyway, thanks for the links guys, I will definitely be checking them out. I want to be informed when someone comes at me with some bullshit studies. Psychology Today has been on my shit list since they published a "scholarly" article by a clearly racist Japanese man about why Black women are less attractive than other women.

Keep intelligent thought alive, guys.

foooool? Who's laughing now?

Hey "Mister Kissedher",

Congrats, you actually READ the article and checked the source... too bad you had to act like such an azz... it was a pretty basic test wouldn't you say?

If you want to know, "how can we trust your other links as truthful or backed up", the answer is:

READ

THE

ARTICLES

AND

CHECK

THE

SOURCES!... I noticed you didn't mention ANY problems with the legitimate info I posted... I wonder why?

If you think marijuana prohibition has anything to do with the imaginary, false, fabricated, alleged serious harms from using marijuana as a recreational drug, YOU HAVE BEEN DUPED!... If you find an article that's pure satire, from the same year medical marijuana was approved in Washington DC, all that proves is that you can READ. If you think the ability to READ transforms you into a cross between Albert Einstein and Sherlock Holmes, you have a lot to learn. Still feeling all brainy and superior, or are you beginning to realize that most kids that pass 2nd grade are able to READ and tell the difference between satire and science?

Posting that link and a couple of others like it, almost never fail to produce fun results. Either some complete egghead with absolutely no common sense wants to debate the issue, or some clown thinks they have found the one link in a mass of overwhelming evidence that they can use to destroy the credibility of everything that’s there… THANKS FOR NOT LETTING ME DOWN!

Now, if you have any LEGITIMATE complaints about what I have posted, please feel free to post them, otherwise I suggest you quietly hop out of the room and see if you can get someone to help you remove your foot from your mouth.

Tobacco vs Marijuana

According to the US Government, tobacco kills about 500,000 people in the US every YEAR. There has never been even one death attributed to consuming marijuana, not even one death, of any age, in all of recorded history, anywhere on planet earth and that includes from SMOKING it.

It’s a stretch to believe that medical science proved decades ago beyond any doubt that tobacco causes cancer and that they are incapable of proving whether or not marijuana causes cancer, even to this day. The US government has spent millions, probably billions trying to prove some scientifically legitimate serious harm from marijuana, they have funded thousands of studies and their anti-marijuana propaganda is still nothing but a load misleading hogwash, fear mongering and outright lies.

Now before you go claiming people under the influence of marijuana cause accidents learn the truth about that LIE too:

THE JOURNAL OF PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HARTFORD HOSPITAL IN CONNECTICUT AND THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CARVER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE document that MARIJUANA DOES NOT CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING:
http://peaceandloveism.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4692 (read the article not just the link and check the sources!)

Google MARIJUANA DRIVING STUDY. You'll see 2 common findings:
1. Drivers under the influence of marijuana are VERY SLIGHTLY impaired.
2. Unlike those under the influence of alcohol, marijuana consumers are aware they are VERY SLIGHTLY impaired and they CONSISTENTLY ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE by slowing down a little and being a little more cautious. That doesn’t mean they get in the fast lane on the interstate and drive 15 miles per hour. Marijuana makes you cautious, not crazy! Those Cheech and Chong movies were comedies, NOT documentaries!

http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-four/ 1985 (with at least 12 re-printings with updates)
"In the 1920s and 30s, Hearst's newspapers DELIBERATELY MANUFACTURED a new threat to America and a new yellow journalism campaign to have hemp outlawed. For example, a story of a car accident in which a marijuana cigarette was found would dominate the headlines for weeks, while alcohol-related car accidents (which outnumbered marijuana-connected accidents by more than 10,000 to 1) made only the back pages. This same theme of marijuana leading to car accidents was burned into the minds of Americans over and over again..." The only marijuana/driving issue that matters is: Does using marijuana cause accidents? The answer is: NO!

While there are cancer causing ingredients in marijuana SMOKE (but not the plant material itself), there are also well documented cases of marijuana curing and even preventing cancer... I have NEVER seen even one study that suggested tobacco cures or prevents cancer.

The amount to tobacco smoked by an average, or even a light tobacco smoker is far greater than the amount of smoke consumed by even a heavy marijuana smoker. One tobacco cigarette consists of up to 7 times as much material as it takes to achieve the desired effect when smoking high potency marijuana. That’s why more potent pot is actually SAFER pot, FAR less SMOKE is consumed.

An average marijuana smoker consumes less than 10 joints of mid-grade marijuana per WEEK (they consume about half that much when they use high potency pot). A light tobacco smoker consumes about 10 tobacco cigarettes per DAY, a heavy tobacco smoker consumes 40 – 80 cigarettes per DAY..

"Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!" http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study

http://hell.unsaccodicanapa.com/2006/05/marijuana_smokers_ucla_study.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvzX8aNwxgM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjhT9282-Tw

http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana/436257-granny-storm-crows-l...

Marijuana is SAFER so why are we driving people to drink: http://www.saferchoice.org/

dead people

even through i dont know if it's true i have hard that a max of 6people in history have died from smoking not sure how they died but still only 6 people in history. and 6 people of the worlds population means nothing.

js know

Nice article, specifically the information on the medical lethal dose. I have been putting together a writing of all the problems I identify with our country. One of them is incarcerating American blue collar workers for what more sinister people in suits do for a living. With drugs being marketed directly to the consumer that can be overdosed on why place others in jail for choosing something less harmful? In fact if the Republic is still alive the option of not having a choice is the problem. We should never place ourselves in such corners over petty indifference.

Jann: I'd really love to read

Jann:
I'd really love to read your reply to jsknows. When can we expect it?

What???

im not really good at writing stuff so im just going to throw every thing out there. im 22 and i smoked tobacco from age 16-21. so thats 5 years so i know how it affects the body. i was a light smoker maybe a pack a week, and it took a toll on me. i would get head aches if i hadn't had a smoke i would be out of breath when doing any type of physical work, teeth stained, along with fingers stained from holding the cigarette. left a bad after smell on me. thats only some of the bad stuff that comes along with tobacco nt incuding it health risks such as cancer.. seems nice doesn't it....but it's LEGAL.

i've been smoking pot for just about as long so let me say some thing about this line " in sum, just because there is not a large scale, longitudinal study proving marijuana smoke causes cancer, does not mean it can be ruled out" could say the same thing about Pizza. or using a cell phone. ...so moving on the amount to over does on pot would be like smoking a couch full of it. ( i know thats not a good measurement but thats what I have heard) and thats just not possible case you would have to sit down and smoke all of it in the same day and for any one that has smoked before then you'll know that you can smoke only so much before you pass out or your too high to want to smoke anymore. whats left after you smoke pot is called rezin when your talking about marijuana not tar like when you talking about tobacco so if your going to talk about pot at lest use the correct words, you can smoke rezin and some people do but no one that i have ever heard of smokes tar.. the medical side of pot is good. it doesn't cause cancer it helps people with cancer and even in some cases it gets rid of cancer and prevents it. it helps with anxiety,OCD, sleeping aid, give you a appetite if your having trouble eating, helps people with AIDs, helps with depression, and more...so explain to me what drug you can get from the doctor or the store that can help with all that at the same time. my last visit to the doctors cost me over $75(thats with medical card) and on top of that you have to pay for the meds that they prescribe for you which can cost 20,30,40$$$ or more. and the side effects of some of these legal meds arnt worth it. if you can control what you smoke then u could make a ounce last a month and that can be bought for around $75-100 unless you want higher grade stuff like Dro. wich can cost atlest 20$ a gram. (would not advise buying dro to much cause it's costly just buy reggie and save money)

I thought that we would want to find a cure for cancer and if some reports are true then why is weed still illegal and not studied more and made legal. there is no reason to have more harmful drugs out such as beer and tobacco legal and a natural drug is illegal.

So I ask why is weed illegal? because of the lumber Co. and the government knows that they could not make a profit from making it legal becuase people will just grow it themselves.

people can also grow there

people can also grow there own apples and oranges

Marijuana or Marijuana smoke?

I feel like the main thing here is the difference between marijuana causing cancer and marijuana SMOKE causing cancer. I understand Jann saying that we cannot completely rule out marijuana possibly causing cancer, but studies such as the Harvard experiment where THC cut tumor growth in half (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm) makes me feel like it most likely does not directly cause cancer. If you burn something and inhale the smoke, that is almost never going to be healthy regardless of what is being burned. Therefore it makes sense that that would also be the case when in it comes to marijuana. However, if a vaporizer is used for cannabis consumption, nearly all of the carcinogens found in marijuana smoke are removed. I believe if consumed in an appropriate matter, cannabis may pose minimal risk to your health.

smoking causes cancer

Anonymous,
Thank you for clarifying this. Yes, it is smoking that is hazardous. Marijuana is a drug but a relatively benign one. It is smoking that creates toxins.

smoking causes cancer

Hi, anonymous,
Thank you for clarifying this. That is what I was trying to emphasize. Smoking, either marijuana or cigarettes, creates the toxins.

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