Study: Weed Good for Lungs Thursday 12 January, 2012
By: Kaptain Kush
The New York Times posted an article on its health blog yesterday via The Journal of the American Medical Association that confirms what every stoner knows: smoking marijuana on a regular basis does not damage one’s lungs. Yes, for smokers, this report might as well have been written by Captain Obvious, but it’s nonetheless encouraging that more and more studies are proving that marijuana is not detrimental to one’s health.
And, better yet, this new study found that lovers of cannabis seeds may actually have stronger lungs than non-blazers because of their improved lung capacity from smoking marijuana.
In something of a twist, the researchers found that compared to nonsmokers, marijuana users performed slightly better on the lung function test, though the improvement was minuscule. “Even with this tiny increase in airflow, I have to admit that I really doubt that there’s any real increase in lung health,” said Dr. Stefan Kertesz, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham school of medicine and an author of the study. The finding may merely reflect marijuana smokers’ years of “training” in taking deep inhalations and holding the smoke, the researchers said.
Dr. Tashkin said he and his colleagues had found in their own research — unexpectedly — that even smoking up to three joints a day did not appear to cause a decrease in lung function. “I think that the bottom line is that there does not appear to be any negative impact on lung function of marijuana smoking,” he said, “and that therefore marijuana is not a risk factor for the development of C.O.P.D. Tobacco smoking is the most important risk factor for C.O.P.D.”
Whenever a respected and widely-read publication like The New York Times publishes information that is pro-cannabis, it’s an automatic win for the community. And when they quote legitimate physicians who conducted a scrupulous and extensive study, claims like this are validated.
The next time your mom or dad or girlfriend or boyfriend gets on your ass for lighting up to much Kush–just tell them you’re trying to be like Mike…Phelps.