Updates at the end
Way to go Colorado and Washington! Hawk those drugs!
Our lawless president sued Arizona, Florida and other states for following the law but they won’t touch states that break the law.
Colorado and Washington are moving ahead with legalizing pot but the federal government has not said a word and they won’t.
We are opposed to people smoking tobacco, but we think it is okay to do pot.
Medical marijuana is a joke. Forget that it is a gateway drug, anyone who thinks it is medically sound to smoke pot is trippin’
Professor John A. Henry of the Academic Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Imperial College School of Medicine, St. Mary’s Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK wrote an article for BMJ comparing cannabis with tobacco.
He highlighted the key points from known research:
While the active ingredients are different, both produce about 4000 chemicals that are identical.
Cannabis requires longer, deeper, larger volume than cigarettes resulting in a fivefold increase of carboxyhemoglobin (the measure of the amount of Carbon Monoxide which has been absorbed into the blood stream). The products of combustion from cannabis are thus retained to a much higher degree.
Cannabis is associated with higher incidences of mental illness, particularly schizophrenia and depression.
The potency of the main ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol, has increased from 0.05% to .5% and Nederweed (from the Netherlands) is at 10-11%. No one is bothering to look at the increased tar content.
Smoking cannabis causes chronic bronchitis, bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung disorders.
Cannabis is associated with bullous lung disease in young people.
Inflammatory lung changes, chronic cough, and chest infections are similar to cigarette smokers, more commonly in younger people.
Premalignant changes have been shown in the pulmonary epithelium and there are reports of lung, tongue, and other cancers in cannabis smokers.
Tetrahydrocannabinol has cardiovascular effects and numerous cases of sudden deaths. Incidences of myocardial infarction is 4.2 times more likely to occur within an hour of smoking cannabis.
No one has bothered to study the relationship between cannabis and coronary artery disease though there are countless studies of coronary artery disease and cigarettes. Denial?
We have a real battle against tobacco and not a single public health message about cannabis despite its obvious health hazards.
Read the article at BMJ
Professor Henry is now deceased and his death is a significant loss to the medical community.
Marijuana is believed to negatively affect IQ, click ABC News
For information on adolescent pot causing psychosis, click here.
Long term use can cause anxiety, sleeplessness, addiction and causes people to function on a suboptimal intellectual level, click here.
Grim findings on marijuana use in teens, click here.
Synthetic marijuana and its dangers, click here.
The long term effects of marijuana use, click here.
Marijuana and its relationship to bullous lung disease in youths, click here.
The link between marijuana and lung problems, while still unclear, deserves a great deal more attention:
Marijuana smoke contains many of the same constituents as tobacco smoke,6 but it is unclear whether smoking marijuana causes pulmonary damage similar to that caused by tobacco. Prior studies of marijuana smokers have demonstrated consistent evidence of airway mucosal injury and inflammation7 – 9 as well as increased respiratory symptoms such as cough, phlegm production, and wheeze, similar to that seen in tobacco smokers.10 – 12 However, analyses of pulmonary function and lung disease have failed to detect clear adverse effects of marijuana use on pulmonary function.10 – 13 It is possible that cumulative damage to the lungs from years of marijuana use could be masked by short-term effects; prior analyses have not attempted to disentangle these factors. Smoking marijuana is increasingly common in the United States,14 and understanding whether it causes lasting damage to lung function has important implications for public health messaging and medical use of marijuana.15 – [JAMA Network]
Ironically, I picked up the paper this morning to find a story about a 17 year-old boy driving while high on marijuana who crashed his car and killed his four friends. He is now facing 25 years to life in jail.
People like to bring up alcohol and tobacco as being worse for one’s health. Does that mean we should allow something to be legalized that might be bad as well, especially knowing the deleterious effects it has on youth? At least this is illegal and we can keep it that way. We need a lot more information on cannabis.
Don’t be a dope or a doper. Get high on life.