Tobacco is infinitely worse than Marijuana

Tobacco Is Much Worse Than Marijuana

Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is infinitely worse and it’s something that we do not want to encourage.” — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.

Well Mr. Harper, the opposite is true. Tobacco is infinitely worse than Marijuana.  Despite being preventable, the leading cause of death in North America is due to tobacco.

A study, published in January 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tested the lung function of over 5,000 young adults between 18 and 30. After 20 years of testing, researchers found some buzzworthy results: regular marijuana smokers (defined by up to a joint a day for seven years) had no discernible impairment in lung activity from non-smokers.

In fact, researchers were surprised to find marijuana smokers performed slightly better than both smokers and non-smokers on the lung performance test. Why? The most likely explanation seems to be that the act of inhaling marijuana—holding each puff in for as long as possible—is a lot like a pulmonary function test, giving marijuana smokers an edge over their cigarette smoking counterparts. Researchers discovered that when it comes to the lungs, when it comes to marijuana smoking, results show that occasional marijuana use was linked to increased lung air flow rates and an increase in lung capacity.

People who smoke marijuana do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer,

Prohibitionists earnestly tell us that smoking just one joint “equals a pack of cigarettes.” Or maybe it’s 16, or maybe just four cigarettes; they seem a little unclear on the exact number. This fallacious conclusion is derived from a study by Dr. Donald Tashkin in which the UCLA researcher examined airflow resistance in the lungs of tobacco smokers compared to that in the lungs of marijuana smokers. Dr. Tashkin did find that daily pot smokers experience a “mild” increase in airflow resistance in the large airways, greater than that seen in persons smoking 16 cigarettes per day. But what they don’t tell you is that, ironically, Dr. Tashkin also found – in the largest study ever of its kind – other, more important markers of lung health, in which marijuana smokers did much better than tobacco smokers. People who smoke marijuana — even heavy, long-term marijuana users — do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer,

Dr. Tashkin said these results “were against our expectations.” Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects,” Tashkin says. “But at this point, I’d be in favor of legalization. I wouldn’t encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don’t think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm.” – Dr. Tashkin

We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use, Dr. Tashkin said. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”
Tar and carbon monoxide are some reason’s why tobacco and marijuana are dangerous. Tests have proven that the amount of tar and carbon monoxide in marijuana is about 2 times more then the amount of tar and carbon monoxide in tobacco’s. This would mean that 1 joint equals 2 cigarettes. But, marijuana smokers smoke fewer joints than people that smoke cigarettes. So if you look at the facts, it is true that marijuana contains more tar and carbon monoxide then cigarettes, but when you look at it in a real life situation you see that the cigarette smoker loses against the marijuana smoker.

People will not develop emphysema from smoking marijuana.

There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana.

Where there are millions of people that we know of that died of lung cancer, solely from smoking cigarettes. Unlike tobacco, marijuana causes no problems with the lung’s small airway. That shows that people will not develop emphysema (chronic lung disease) from smoking marijuana. Marijuana smokers generally don’t chain smoke, and so they smoke less. (Marijuana is not physically addictive like tobacco.) The more potent marijuana is, the less a smoker will use at a time. Tobacco contains nicotine, and marijuana doesn’t. Nicotine may harden the arteries and may be responsible for much of the heart disease caused by tobacco.

THC is a bronchial dilator and a killer of cancer cells

Marijuana contains THC. THC is a bronchial dilator, which means it works like a cough drop and opens up your lungs, which aids clearance of smoke and dirt. Nicotine does just the opposite; it makes your lungs bunch up and makes it harder to cough anything up. THC may also encourage aging cells to die earlier and therefore be less likely to undergo cancerous transformation. THC has been found to reduce tumor growth in common lung cancer by 50 percent and to significantly reduce the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University, who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies. The researchers suggest that THC might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

THC inhibits tumor growth

Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis ( the growth of new capillary blood vessels in the body), and vascularization (abnormal formation of blood vessels), which promotes cancer growth.

Compounds found in cannabis have been shown to kill numerous cancer types including: lung cancer, breast and prostate cancer, brain cancer,  leukemia and lymphoma, glioma, skin cancer, and pheochromocytoma. THC in marijuana has well-defined anti-tumoral effects that have been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancers in animal models and tissue culture systems.

Lead 210

Scientists do not really know what it is that causes malignant lung cancer in tobacco. Many think it may be a substance known as Lead 210. Of course, there are many other theories as to what does cause cancer, but if this is true, it is easy to see why no case of lung cancer resulting from marijuana use alone has ever been documented, because tobacco contains much more of this substance than marijuana.

Here are some facts for us all to consider:

Fact 1: Deaths from Use

Tobacco = 5,000,000 annually
Marijuana = 0 ever.

Fact 2: Medical Uses

Tobacco = 0
Marijuana = Over 100 various medical uses

Fact 3: Toxins

Tobacco = 4,000, over 69 are known to cause cancer
Marijuana = 0

Fact 4: Addiction

Tobacco = 75% of people that smoke nicotine related products are highly addicted
Marijuana = 9% of the population that uses cannabis can become addicted

Fact 5: Cancer

Tobacco = 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes
Marijuana = A Marijuana-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading

So we can conclude that marijuana is much SAFER than tobacco. Comparing the two, smoking cigarettes increases the risk of lung diseases and lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and high blood pressure.

Bottom line, use a Vaporizer.

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Sources:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/marijuanatar.asp

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damaging-lungs-tobacco

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1277837/

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/new-study-suggests-risks-

marijuana-use-have-been-overestimated

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana.

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/05/060526083353.htm
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/large-study-finds-no-link/
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-truth-about-pot/

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