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Heavy Pot Smoking Doesn't Increase Lung Cancer Risk

Mutt

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I'm not sure if our News Guru Ldylunatic posted this already or not. (BTW LdyLunatic is great at adding news about MJ she deserves many thanks from us members ;) )

My wife emailed me this story today from her work. It hits home with me as I am a smoker and a weed smoker. So thanks "RED" for emailing this to me.

WEDNESDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. study concludes there is no link between smoking marijuana and increased risk of lung cancer -- even among heavy, long-term users.
The California researchers also found that smoking marijuana does not appear to increase the risk of head and neck cancers, such as cancer of the tongue, mouth, throat or esophagus.

The study included 611 people in the Los Angeles area who developed lung cancer, 601 people with cancer of the head or neck regions, and 1,040 cancer-free people matched on age, gender and neighborhood.

All the study participants were under age 60. They were asked about their lifetime use of marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, other drug use, diet, occupation, family history of cancer, and socioeconomic status. The heaviest marijuana users in the study had smoked more than 22,000 marijuana cigarettes, while moderately heavy users had smoked between 11,000 to 22,000 joints.
People who smoked more marijuana did not have any increased risk of cancer compared to those who smoked less marijuana or none at all, the study found.

The study was expected to be presented Tuesday at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, in San Diego.

The researchers said they were surprised by the findings.
"We expected that we would find that a history of heavy marijuana use -- more than 500-1,000 uses -- would increase the risk of cancer from several years to decades after exposure to marijuana," senior researcher Dr. Donald Tashkin, a professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, said in a prepared statement.

Tashkin said one possible explanation is that THC, a chemical in marijuana smoke, may encourage aging cells to die earlier than normal, reducing the likelihood that they'll transform into cancer cells.

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http://health.yahoo.com/news/162481
 

skunk

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good news mutt. but i still dont think that will change there minds on making it legal. even if they said it was a fountain of youth and it would make you 10 years behind your age they would just buckle down more . all by the way i didnt know you have a red too.
 

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yea i know i just get so ticked off when we find the good facts about marijuana and they will never make it legal .sorry wasnt tryin to be a smart--- mutt .
 

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good read..and good news mutt..

..maybe...it's because the tobacco companies/corperations/government hasn't been allowed to ammend it with "addictive" carcinogens.....yet.
 

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thanks for the news. Something to add to my debate. thanks guys
 

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Hick said:
good read..and good news mutt..

/gov..maybe...it's because the tobacco companies/cnment hasn't been allowed to ammend it with "addictive" carcinogenorperationsers.....yet.
how do you pronounce that word hick lol.;)
 

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