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Smoke POT ! = Don't Get CANCER !

 
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Researchers surprised to find no link between marijuana, lung cancer
Study's findings apply even to heavy pot smokers

Marc Kaufman, Washington Post

Friday, May 26, 2006




The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.

The new findings "were against our expectations," said Dr. Donald Tashkin, a UCLA pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.

"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," he said. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect."

Federal health and drug enforcement officials have widely used Tashkin's previous work on marijuana to make the case that the drug is dangerous. Tashkin said that while he still believes marijuana is potentially harmful, its cancer-causing effects appear to be of less concern than previously thought.

Earlier work established that marijuana does contain cancer-causing chemicals as potentially harmful as those in tobacco, he said. However, marijuana also contains the chemical THC, which he said may kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous.

Tashkin's study, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse, involved 1,200 people in Los Angeles who had lung, neck or head cancer and an additional 1,040 people without cancer matched by age, sex and neighborhood.

They were all asked about their lifetime use of marijuana, tobacco and alcohol. The heaviest marijuana smokers had lit up more than 22,000 times, while moderately heavy usage was defined as smoking 11,000 to 22,000 marijuana cigarettes. Tashkin found that even the very heavy marijuana smokers showed no increased incidence of the three cancers studied.

"This is the largest case-control study ever done, and everyone had to fill out a very extensive questionnaire about marijuana use," he said. "Bias can creep into any research, but we controlled for as many confounding factors as we could, and so I believe these results have real meaning."

Tashkin's group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA had hypothesized that marijuana would raise the risk of cancer on the basis of earlier small human studies, lab studies of animals and the fact that marijuana users inhale more deeply and generally hold smoke in their lungs longer than tobacco smokers -- exposing them to the dangerous chemicals for a longer time. In addition, Tashkin said, previous studies found that marijuana tar has 50 percent higher concentrations of chemicals linked to cancer than tobacco cigarette tar.

While no association between marijuana smoking and cancer was found, the study findings, presented to the American Thoracic Society International Conference this week, did find a 20-fold increase in lung cancer among people who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.

The study was limited to people younger than 60 because those older than that were generally not exposed to marijuana use in their youth, when it is most frequently tried.

This article appeared on page A - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle
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Marijuana's Key Ingredient May Fight Alzheimer's Disease

The active ingredient of marijuana could be considerably better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease than any currently approved prescription drugs.

Scientists report the finding in the Oct. 2 issue of the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

About 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, which gradually destroys memory. As more people survive into old age, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to triple over the next 50 years. There is no known cure.

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The researchers looked at THC, the compound inside marijuana responsible for its action on the brain.

Computer models suggested THC might inhibit an enzyme with the tongue-twisting name of acetylcholinesterase (also called AChE) that is linked to Alzheimer's.


AChE is known to help accelerate the formation of abnormal protein clumps in the brain, known as amyloid plaques, during Alzheimer's.

This enzyme also helps break down the brain chemical acetylcholine, which is linked to memory and learning. Acetylcholine levels are reduced during Alzheimer's.

In lab experiments, the scientists found THC was significantly better at disrupting the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins.

THC could completely prevent AChE from forming amyloid plaques, while two drugs approved for use against Alzheimer's, donepezil and tacrine, reduced clumping by only 22 and 7 percent, respectively, at twice the concentration of THC used in the tests.

"We're not advocating smoking dope, but if we can make analogues of THC, it could play a role in treating Alzheimer's," researcher Kim Janda, a chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., told LiveScience. "It would be nice to do more animal studies along these lines."

Past research on human brain tissues and experiments with rats have suggested that synthetic analogues of THC can reduce the inflammation and prevent the mental decline associated with Alzheimer's disease.

However, marijuana is not necessarily good for the mind.

Prior investigations have shown that years of heavy marijuana use, consisting of four or more joints a week, can impair memory, decision-making and the ability to pay attention to more than one thing at a time.

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Terrence McKenna died of brain cancer, and said he was living proof that smoking M did not prevent cancer.
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Terrence McKenna died of brain cancer, and said he was living proof that smoking M did not prevent cancer.
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Well there ya go. Debate over.
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Cancer increase rate 1955-2005: 450 pct
Pot increase rate 1955-2005: 3500 pct


You are damn right.
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::WTF::
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That's right. Smoke pot - get permanent psychosis.
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That's right. Smoke pot - get permanent psychosis.
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STFU

go watch some DR.PHIL


I'ma roll up a joint over that stupid ass comment

thanks
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That's right. Smoke pot - get permanent psychosis.


STFU

go watch some DR.PHIL


I'ma roll up a joint over that stupid ass comment

thanks
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Go ahead, smoke a couple more.You obviously need it.:)
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cheaper method suicide
Derek One Seven (Viable Light Being) on Spiritual warfare thread:

quote 1: 20-40, you seem to take a page out of Nazi Joesph Goebbells', and Adolf Hitler's handbooks (about need to repeat a lie) THEN:
quote 2: 20-40, it is of no surprise to me that you, an obviously concienceless pervert.
quote 3: 20-40, it is of no surprise to me that you, an obviously concienceless pervert.
quote 4: and you are a liar, with admitted connections to the CIA.
quote 5: you are a hypocritical pervert, with admitted connections to the CIA.
quote 6: you are an obvious concienceless hypocrite and pervert, 20-40.

Over and over and over and over. Same post with few sentences added or omitted, same lies and whatever I have tried to say, he has ignored it, and keep posting the same.
BTW, I swear on bible that I have never tried to warn him about misspelled word "concienceless".
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Mental illness causes people to make bad correlations and pot heads will continually say anything silly to promote pot

the truth is, cancer is directly related to a vitamin B-17 lacking, and that the potheads refuse to talk about legalizing other drugs that make people feel much better than pot without feeling panic attacks, paranoia and strange side effects; like opioids and dopaminergics.
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<b>Cannabis brain tumour drug hope</b>
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An ingredient in marijuana may be useful for treating brain cancers, say Spanish researchers from Madrid.
Chemicals called cannabinoids could starve tumours to death by halting the growth of blood vessels that feed it, the Complutense University team hope.
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You know whoever posted this worded the title rather strangely. != is used as not equal in programming so I read the title : Smoke Pot! = Don't Get Cancer!

as smoke pot does not equal don't get cancer
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Mental illness causes people to make bad correlations and pot heads will continually say anything silly to promote pot

the truth is, cancer is directly related to a vitamin B-17 lacking, and that the potheads refuse to talk about legalizing other drugs that make people feel much better than pot without feeling panic attacks, paranoia and strange side effects; like opioids and dopaminergics.
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more misinformation

its due to LACK OF OXYGEN

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Mental illness causes people to make bad correlations and pot heads will continually say anything silly to promote pot

the truth is, cancer is directly related to a vitamin B-17 lacking, and that the potheads refuse to talk about legalizing other drugs that make people feel much better than pot without feeling panic attacks, paranoia and strange side effects; like opioids and dopaminergics.



more misinformation

its due to LACK OF OXYGEN

next
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Pot Smoker trying to debunk the truth i just said. its vitamin B 17 that people intake and then live cancer free their whole lives not pot

and it is true that dopaminergic and opioids cause a much higher level and feeling of well-being than pot.

often, in many people, pot is actually un-pleasant instead of pleasant. they smoke it, then feel very lousy and dizzy , its a dirty drug, which is the opposite of a clean drug. a clean drug doesnt do things like make you feel all unclear, dissociated, panicy, concentration problems, etc. instead, clean drugs cause you to feel MORE clear headed instead of less. they increase how much love and empathy you feel, and how well you do things and concentrate. they give you a good feeling inside of you and make you feel more normal. they increase energy without causing anxiety. thats what good drugs do.

if the entire population was allowed a constant supply of certain opioids, stablon, certain other dopaminergics, it would change the world.





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