|The studies on DRUNKARDS also applies to you! Marijuana when smoked is an intoxicant! God commands you to BE SOBER; intoxication is a work of the flesh.
Marijuana smokers also need to read our study "THOU SHALT NOT SMOKE"! Cigarettes and pot have alot of things in common.
IS Marijuana bad for your health?
”Marijuana contains more tar than cigarettes. Marijuana is also inhaled very deeply and the smoke is held in the lungs for a long time. Marijuana is smoked all the way to the end where tar content is the highest. Many of the cancer-causing substances in tobacco are also found in marijuana. Because marijuana is an illegal substance, it is not possible to control whether it contains fungi, pesticides, and other additives. Medical reports suggest marijuana may cause cancers of the mouth and throat. It has been hard to prove a connection between marijuana and lung cancer, because it is not easy to gather information about the use of illegal drugs. Also, many marijuana smokers also smoke cigarettes. This makes it difficult to know how much of the risk is from tobacco and how much is from marijuana. “AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Researchers in America have found that blood from marijauna smokers has nearly three times as many DNA mutations as that of non-smokers. Marijauna smoke contains many of the carcinogenic chemicals found in cigarette smoke… Dr Marinel Ammenheuser and her colleagues at the University of Texas Medical Branch now have evidence that marijauna smoking causes the same kind of damage to DNA as tobacco.
Dr Ammenheuser said: "We can't actually make statements about cause and effect from our study, but we can say that marijuana smoking increases your risk of getting things like lung cancer, in much the same way that we know that tobacco smoking increases this risk.
"My research indicates that smoking just a few marijuana joints seems to cause as much DNA damage as ten or more cigarettes”. BBC NEWS Wednesday, July 29, 1998
Clearly marijuana smoke contains more of the potent carcinogen benzopyrene than tobacco smoke. Furthermore, the technique of smoking marijuana by inhaling deeply and holding the smoke within the lungs presents a chance of much greater exposure than a conventional tobacco cigarette.
This material has been reviewed and commented on by William M. Bennett, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Bennett, who is listed in "BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA" states,
"The idea of using smoked marijuana containing these carcinogens as medicine, particularly for patients who have suppressed immune systems like those with AIDS, should be unthinkable. Thus, prior to considering marijuana as medicine, one must abide by the old edict, ‘first do no harm’."
(CNN) -- Smoking marijuana may be a greater cancer danger than smoking tobacco, a new study from the University of California at Los Angeles suggests… The UCLA researchers studied the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the major euphoriant in marijuana. They found that THC can promote tumor growth in mice by impairing the body's anti-tumor immunity system. Mice with normal immune systems had significant tumor growth when injected with both lung cancer cells and THC.
While previous research had shown that THC can lower resistance to both bacterial and viral infections, this is the first time that THC’s possible tumor-promoting activity has been reported, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
The UCLA scientists also found that the tar in marijuana smoke contains higher concentrations of substances called hydrocarbons than tar from tobacco smoke does. These hydrocarbons are a key factor in promoting human lung cancer. Because marijuana smoke deposits four times as much tar in the respiratory tract as a comparable amount of tobacco, the exposure to carcinogens is increased, the researchers wrote.
CNN June 21, 2000
Is Marijuana effective treatment for Glaucoma?
-- A new study that says smoking marijuana is a hazy and impractical way to treat glaucoma is the latest twist to the medical marijuana debate. The study, by ophthalmologist Keith Green at the Medical College of Georgia, found the medical benefits of smoking marijuana are slight and relief is temporary.
Researchers suspect a chemical in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can reduce interocular pressure which can prevent the disease from progressing.
But to be effective, Green said a patient would have to smoke an unrealistic amount of marijuana.
"If you want to maintain a low interocular pressure with marijuana, then you have to smoke a joint every 1 to 2 hours which is 10 to 12 joints a day, which is 4,000 a year," he said. "That's by anybody's definition -- no matter how liberal you are -- a considerable consumption." His study is published in the recent issue of the American Medical Association's journal Opthamology.
Marijuana contains over 400 different chemicals (Some of which are known carcinogens)… doctors feels the negative effects associated with smoking marijuana outweigh the known benefits, and patients would be better off using the available prescription medications until scientists can duplicate the effects of THC in a pill or topical ointment.
"For those who smoke cigarettes, marijuana has 50 percent more tar and volatile cancer-inducing compounds," Green said. "It causes emphysema, changes hormones, changes a whole bundle of things. It is quite a toxic chemical."
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