Chris24 wrote: Javizy, I understand the point you are trying to make, but without backed up arguments for detrimental effects there is no reason for us to not smoke pure weed. If you really think what you say is true then I’d like evidence. I know there is a lot of stigma on weed, and its vastly exaggerated and mostly untrue.
There’s exaggeration on both sides of the argument. One side saying it’ll turn your kids into schizo criminals with lung cancer who support terrorists, and the other suggesting it’s as beneficial to your body as a bit of broccoli. The truth is probably somewhere in between. I don’t have a moral problem with it if that’s what you think, although I’ve seen repeatedly how easily people grow dependent on it.
As for evidence, I did say you only have to spend 2 minutes on Google, but here’s some from a site that popped up on the first page of results.
Sarafian TA et al wrote: We conclude that MJ [marijuana] smoke containing Delta9-THC is a potent source of cellular oxidative stress that could contribute significantly to cell injury and dysfunction in the lungs of smokers.
Tashkin DP et al wrote: The potential for marijuana smoking to predispose to the development of respiratory malignancy is suggested by several lines of evidence, including the presence of potent carcinogens in marijuana smoke and their resulting deposition in the lung, the occurrence of premalignant changes in bronchial biopsies obtained from smokers of marijuana in the absence of tobacco, impairment of antitumor immune defenses by delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol, and several clinical case series in which marijuana smokers were disproportionately over represented among young individuals who developed upper or lower respiratory tract cancer.
Roth MD et al wrote: We conclude that regular smoking of marijuana by young adults is associated with significant airway inflammation that is similar in frequency, type, and magnitude to that observed in the lungs of tobacco smokers.
Tobacco use is much more widespread and has been studied in much more depth, so obviously there are more solid links between smoking and various detrimental health effects. Marijuana research just has a bit of catching up to do. As I said, I’m not sure about ingesting the plant itself, since it wouldn’t contain any of the toxic by-products created by burning it. Maybe it’s something you could look into if you can’t give it up. Inflammation of any kind is likely to set you back.