Can smoking weed give you lung cancer?
Me being a recovering drug addict has nothing to do with marijuana. It is the least addictive drug. You seem to be having trouble understanding what a drug is. Drugs also include caffiene and alcohol. Yet, those are acceptable, why is that?
Here's some facts for you:
There is no convincing scientific evidence that marijuana causes psychological damage or mental illness in either teenagers or adults. Some marijuana users experience psychological distress following marijuana ingestion, which may include feelings of panic, anxiety, and paranoia. Such experiences can be frightening, but the effects are temporary. Marijuana does not cause profound changes in people's behavior.
Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally. A small minority of Americans - less than 1 percent - smoke marijuana on a daily basis. An even smaller minority develop a dependence on marijuana. Some people who smoke marijuana heavily and frequently stop without difficulty. Others seek help from drug treatment professionals. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence. If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.
Moderate smoking of marijuana appears to pose minimal danger to the lungs. Like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke contains a number of irritants and carcinogens. But marijuana users typically smoke much less often than tobacco smokers, and over time, inhale much less smoke. As a result, the risk of serious lung damage should be lower in marijuana smokers. 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 found not 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 been shown to be effective in reducing the nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. There is also appreciable evidence that marijuana reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. A synthetic capsule is available by prescription, but it is not as effective as smoked marijuana for many patients.
Marijuana does not cause people to use hard drugs. What the gateway theory presents as a causal explanation is a statistic association between common and uncommon drugs, an association that changes over time as different drugs increase and decrease in prevalence. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States today. Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have also used marijuana. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug. Indeed, for the large majority of people, marijuana is a terminus rather than a gateway drug.
None of the medical tests currently used to detect brain damage in humans have found harm from marijuana, even from long term high-dose use. An early study reported brain damage in rhesus monkeys after six months exposure to high concentrations of marijuana smoke. In a recent, more carefully conducted study, researchers found no evidence of brain abnormality in monkeys that were forced to inhale the equivalent of four to five marijuana cigarettes every day for a year. The claim that marijuana kills brain cells is based on a speculative report dating back a quarter of a century that has never been supported by any scientific study.
Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive deficits related to prenatal marijuana exposure. Marijuana had no reliable impact on birth size, length of gestation, neurological development, or the occurrence of physical abnormalities. The administration of hundreds of tests to older children has revealed only minor differences between offspring of marijuana users and nonusers, and some are positive rather than negative.
It has nothing to do with me going down my path at all. Unless you have been a drug addict or have done drugs - you really don't know what I'm talking about then.
I didn't even try marijuana until I was 21 years old, that was after 5 years of drug use and drug abuse. Marijuana had nothing to do with it.
Marijuana is the least addictive drug - alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Caffiene is just as about addictive, yet we see caffiene as almost neccasary in today's life.
There are people who get out of hand with it, just as there are people who get out of hand with anything. In order to be an addict, you must have an addictive gene in you already. That means that you can get addicted to anything. You can't just blame the drug that they chose to do - you have to blame the person.
Yes, I am a recovering drug addict, and I am for marijuana legalization and use. There are so many reason's why I approve of this one. It is NOT as addictive as almost anything else. It can be useful - cancer patients, sickness, people bed ridden with pain, morning sickness, there are so many uses for it.
They only way that it is harmful is when you smoke it because you are putting smoke into your lungs. That is not the only way to ingest marijuana.
I do know what a drug is! And can I just say what you have put up above the whole long essay contradicts itself it says "Marijuana does not cause people to use hard drugs" then it says "Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have also used marijuana."
thats totally contradicting itself!!
and I also totally disagree that it doesnt make people go on to harder drugs because everyone I nkow in this town or anyone I've ever heard of (expect mandyloo) all started by taking the inocnet spliff now and again then became a fully fledged hard drug addict.
also why did you delete one of my posts? I have my view and why should you just delete it. You cant do that it -wasnt offensive, I was putting across my point of view, I wasnt abusing anyone so why did it get deleted!
TOTALLY agree with Mandyloo in everything she has said. I'm writing a paper on the legalization of marijuana and how some people are so strict with their puritan morals in this country. A lot of what the government has told us about Marijuana through the media/ads is actually causing us to believe Cannabis is something that it's not. It is not as harmful as many of you believe. And before you guys are quick to judge...like you have with Mandyloo...I don't even smoke weed and I'm for the legalization of Cannabis. Don't just look up "bad effects of smoking weed" on google...go pick up a book on why legalization would be beneficial to our country...maybe it will change your mind!
I'm for marijuana use and legalization. Yes, I'm a recovering drug addict. Marjiuana is a drug, but it's not harmful. No one has ever overdosed from it. It's impossible to overdose on marijuana. Alcohol and Caffiene are also drugs, and they are legal and do more harm to your body than marijuana.
Going down the same path as I went down, has nothing to do with marijuana. In the recovery center and meetings, there is not a single person that is in there for marijuana addiction. Marijuana is not a hard drug. It is less harmless than alcohol and caffiene. Yet, no one has a problem with people doing those.
I dont see how it cant have anything to do with going down that path seen as though marijuinna is a drug and you were a drug addict!
And just because no one in your centre has had problems with Marjiuana doesnt mean no-one else has. My dad used to smoke it and I've seen the effects it had so I know it can be harmful nad affect others around you. Yes I know its not the most harmful of drugs but its got to be pretty bad seen as though in the uk its just been put up from a class c to a b
weed doesnt cause cancer its the tobacco thats mixed into it that causes cancer
I support the marijuana legalization, I smoke it, that doesnt mean I want other people to smoke it too
ITS NOT A GATEWAY DRUG! YOU choose what you take not the other way round.
I can advise you to go to the herbal vaporizers. It seems to me that this is the best way to enjoy the benefits of marijuana, especially for medical purposes. You can find out all the information about good vaporizers
one joint has like eight times the carcinogens in one cigarette, so you have to smoke eight cigs to get the amount of cancer causing chemicals in one joint, so basically, youll get cancer eight times as fast.
Doctors don't think it's so stupid - in some countires doctors prescribe marijuana to pregnant women who can not keep food down. They do NOT smoke it though. They either vaporize it or ingest it.
Smoking ANYTHING can give you lung cancer - so yes.
There are other ways to do marijuana that are not harmful though such as vaporizing or injesting it.
Mandyloo it seems like your encouraging doing drugs. seen as though your a recovering drug addict I thought you might tell him not to go down that path
yea, but smoking regular leaves from a regular tree gives you cancer just as easily, so its not the drug, its the fact that your inhaling smoke
Yes it can cause cancer.
I don't think I would smoke pot because I have moning sickness. That sounds like a stupid cure if you ask me.
Yes and more: http://teenadvice.about.com/od/drugsalcohol/tp/marijuanafactsteens.htm
Take care !!
smoking weed can kill you with or without cancer, if you smoke anything you can get cancer
Do you smoke weed?