Phenomenal timing, seeing as the FDA recently decreed that smoked marijuana held no medical benefits, and was hazardous. This is just one more neon sign making me wonder why cigarettes, proven to cause cancer, are legal while marijuana, which has no cancer link, is stubbornly prosecuted.
CNN reports on a study conducted by UCLA which examined the lifestyles of 611 Los Angeles lung cancer patients, 601 head and neck cancer patients, and 1040 people without cancer. They found no elevated risk of cancer, even in the heaviest of pot smokers. A 20-fold increase of lung cancer was found in people who smoked 2 or more packs of cigs a day. No one was as surprised as the lead investigators in the study. I did a PubMed search on Dr. Donald Tashkin(who headed the study) , and the majority of his publications documented the potential damage that marijuana smoke might have. I haven’t found the source article for and CNN news story, so its likely in press–I’ll be interested to read more on this.
Curious as to how addictive marijuana is compared to other “drugs”? Well, check this out.