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.
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.
All the links you posted come from the same site funded by the US government. You can not expect me to believe some random statements made by people who depend on funding from a government like America’s, who have been trying to win their ‘war on drugs’ with any bullshit they could think of.
Really it’s not as easy as to just google for 3 minutes. There has been a lot of research from independant scientists out there, and detrimental effects even under heavy smokers are not conclusive. + the fact that its in medicinal use, is not for bullshit reasons. Maybe it needs more time like you say. Until that time, ill just listen to my body. I think if it helps me with stress, then it is good for me. Also the serotonine fluctuations connected to thc I find quite interesting and might be beneficial as my depression is keeping my Candida alive and vice versa.
I am open to the possibilities on possible unhealthy effects on lungs or throat with heavy smokers. Haven’t seen the evidence though.