Marijuana vs cigarettes

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[Source] There are many reasons why marijuana is not worse
for you than smoking cigarettes. You may have heard
that “one joint is equal to ten cigarettes” but this is
exaggerated and misleading. Marijuana does contain more tar
than tobacco — but low tar cigarettes cause just as much
cancer, so what is that supposed to mean? Scientists have
shown that smoking any plant is bad for your lungs, because
it increases the number of ‘lesions’ in your small airways.
This usually does not threaten your life, but there is a
chance it will lead to infections. Marijuana users who are
worried about this can find less harmful ways of taking
marijuana like eating or vaporizing. (Be careful –
marijuana is safe to eat — but tobacco is not, you might
overdose!) Marijuana does not cause cancer the way
tobacco does, though.

Here is a list of interesting facts about marijuana smoking
and tobacco smoking:

o 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.

o 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. New research has found that it may also
cause a lot of the cancer in tobacco smokers and
people who live or work where tobacco is smoked.
This is because it breaks down into a cancer causing
chemical called `N Nitrosamine’ when it is burned
(and maybe even while it is inside the body as well.)

o 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.

o There are benefits from marijuana (besides bronchial
dilation) that you don’t get from tobacco.
marijuana makes you relax, which improves your health
and well-being. (See also the “protective effect” in video below)

o 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.

o Marijuana laws make it harder to use marijuana
without damaging your body
. Water-pipes are illegal
in many states. Filtered cigarettes, vaporizers, and
inhalers have to be mass produced, which is hard to
arrange `underground.’ People don’t eat marijuana
often because you need more to get as high that way,
and it isn’t cheap or easy to get (which is the
reason why some people will stoop to smoking leaves.)
This may sound funny to you — but the more legal
marijuana gets, the safer it is

It is pretty obvious to users that marijuana prohibition
laws are not “for their own good.” In addition to the
above, legal marijuana would be clean and free from
adulterants. Some people add other drugs to marijuana
before they sell it. Some people spray room freshener on it
or soak in in chemicals like formaldehyde! A lot of the
marijuana is grown outdoors, where it may be sprayed with
pesticides or contaminated with dangerous fungi. If the
government really cared about our health, they would form an
agency which would make sure only quality marijuana was
sold. This would be cheaper than keeping it illegal, and it
would keep people from getting hurt and going to the
emergency room. [/Source]

FACT: Studies have shown that smoking marijuana does NOT increase your chance of getting cancer and may even lower it slightly! Of course, vaping or eating cannabis are still considered the safest methods of ingestion especially for daily consumers.

“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.
Tobacco smoking causes far more harm.   And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm.

UCLA’s Tashkin studied heavy marijuana smokers to determine whether the use led to increased risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. He hypothesized that there would be a definitive link between cancer and marijuana smoking, but the results proved otherwise.

“What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect,” says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted.

(Listen to Tashkin’s full interview here)


A new study, published in January 2012 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.

For most of human existence, cannabis has been considered a medicine. Queen Victoria used it to alleviate her menstrual cramps. Extracts were prescribed by doctors and available at every pharmacy in the U.S. According to Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, attitudes toward cannabis only shifted when Americans began to notice and object to its use by immigrants around the turn of the 20th century. More here.

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314 thoughts on “Marijuana vs cigarettes

      • I think pot should definitely be legalized. When people say “It kills your brain cells” it makes me want to punch them in the face. I’m probably one of the smartest people in my graduating class and I smoke pot whenever I can (which is not very often). I personally have a pretty wild high. I act a bit crazy, but afterwards I’m all chill and relaxed. Pot may make “some” people less serious and less motivated, but that all depends on if you were motivated in the first place. It’s just an act of laziness in my opinion. I have been smoking marijuana for almost 4 years and have never had any symptoms that have made me want to consider quitting. I have been smoking cigarettes on-and-off for about 2 years but have been excessively smoking cigarettes for about 3 months and I have had pain in my chest countless times, nausea, and headaches. I’m really considering just smoking marijuana in place of cigarettes. The taste and smell is much more appealing as well, as if that matters.
        Toodles. :D ~Heather Homicidé~

        • It matters… Not only does second hand cigarette smoke cause cancer, but third hand as well – that’s the smell that sticks on ones clothes and hair after being around someone smoking. This is most assuredly not the case for cannabis – so help others cure rather than get cancer by switching!!

          • If Second hand smoke kills, i would be dead a long time ago at the rate my folks smoked Cigs. And i smoke now at 44, so your an idiot to believe that.

                • Nope. There is even proof of negative effects from third-hand smoke

                  ““Quantitatively, exposure via secondhand smoke is much greater and a more likely concern with regards to health,” says study researcher Yael Dubowski, PhD, a senior lecturer at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. “However, exposure to harmful compounds via thirdhand smoke and thirdhand smoke transformations is an additional source for skin and lung exposure.”

                  What’s more, Dubowski says, because ozone can continue to pull nicotine off surfaces and back into the air for months, exposure to thirdhand smoke may continue long after smoking in the area has ceased.

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                  It’s long been known that mainstream and secondhand smoke can contribute to health problems ranging from cancer to heart disease to birth defects.”

                • I think it’s stupid alcohol shouldn’t be legal its killed a lot more people then marijuan so people r stupid to say marijuana is bad

                  • Because prohibition on alcohol worked so well the first time, right? And nothing is completely safe. Candy these days is some fucked up shit, man! And don’t get me started on soda! But nobody will illegalize those. The largest factor is profitability. The prison industry profits hugely from possession-related incarcerations, and their contributions to the government far outweigh the profits expected from instituting marijuana.

                    • your’e an idiot the cost for trying to find the drug is billions of dollars, pus you can tax marijuana so your point is totally invalid. Marijuana cures and prevents Alzheimer and Glaucoma, helps relieve stress, anxiety, depression, slows down tumor growth, and helps relieve pain for chemo/radiation therapy patients as well. so if that’s not enough information i don’t know what is…

              • Cigarettes do cause cancer, your just extremely lucky. OR since you haven’t commented back in almost 2 years, maybe your dead from smoking. I hope not. That would be awful.


            • my grandmother died of lung cancer she never smoked her parents did and also her husband when they did some sort of scan on her lungs, her lungs were filled with tar do you have an explanation ?

        • 99.1% above me here has a serious case of irony.
          Your anecdotal evidence of yourself not dying from a life of second-hand and first-hand smoking does not mean statistics on the subject are wrong. It just makes you lucky.

        • Damn true..same with me as well.smoking cigs hav inreased my lung pain..i quit smoking 3 months back and now i feel great.i regularly smoke marijuana(3-4 joints a day) since 7 years now and its jus the best thing on this planet i must say.moreover ganja gives a trip to mind whereas cigs does nothing than fullfill the addiction..Ganja sorted my life to be frank…Peace..<3

        • hi Heather,
          I use to smoke pot to get high and relax since I am always hyper and there are times I can’t focus, anxiety(I don’t take dangerous pills). I am 51 now and wish I could smoke again, but the last incident was scary to me; I felt claustrophobic, panicky and hyperventilate, so I stopped and that was 25 years ago.
          Marijuana has it’s benefits to help those with ADD/ADHD, epilepsy, cancer, HIV, AIDS, Asthma/COPD, eating disorders (anorexic/bulimia), depression/bipolar.
          I wish they legalize marijuana for people who really need it.

        • Think about Schitsaphenia psychosis. Marijhuana Psychosis Read Up on It. Before You Speak about Legalizing Something!!

    • Mme Jeanne Calment, who was listed as the world’s oldest human whose birth date could be certified, died at 122. She had begun smoking as a young woman. At 117 she quit smoking (by that age she was just smoking two or three cigarettes per day because she was blind and was too proud to ask often for someone to light her cigarettes for her). But she resumed smoking when she was 118 because, as she said, not smoking made her miserable and she was too old to be made miserable. She also said to her doctor: “Once you’ve lived as long as me, only then can you tell me not to smoke.” Good point! [USA Today, “Way to go, champ,” 10/18/95].

      When Mme. Calment died at 122 in l997, the new longevity champ became 116-year-old Marie-Louise Meilleur, of Canada. Mme. Meilleur had chain-smoked all her adult life (as her grandson said, “She always had a cigarette dangling from her lips as she worked,”–AP, 8/15/97, reported in Miami Herald, p. 2A). She did give up smoking, however, when she was nearly 100.

      Here is some facts to put in ur pipe and smoke it.

        • Wow, two anecdotal cases. Grow up and find some real scientific evidence. Actually, you may wanna look up the definition of ‘anecdotal’ while you’re at it seeing as you clearly don’t understand the difference between a study and a story.

      • Man weed is not that bad really how many people have you seen DIE from
        weed 0% but look at tobacco over 1,400 people die a year from it. Now tell me what would you smoke?

      • You don’t how was their life style. you don’t know what they ate or drank. The majority of people’s diets nowadays are filled with bs food thanks to the money worshiping food industry

    • Actually, Marijuana does cause lung cancer.
      The tar builds up just like cigarets, and the same thing happens, LUNG CANCER. (I have witnessed this happen to people who I have seen smoke pot, and nothing else).
      These idiot doctors who say it does not are lying to the public and should be prosecuted for spreading false information.
      The only real reason people want to smoke pot is because it has what they call “better side effects.” This is because they get more high off of it than with tobacco. And, the tar build up and lung cancer happens just the same. So they figure if they want to smoke, they might as well smoke Marijuana instead.

      The problem here? Marijuana is an inhibitor that is just like putting a drunk person behind the wheel of a car. Now instead of alcoholics to deal with, you have pot junkies.

    • Im doing a paper at school on the legalization of cannabis, and this is a useful source. I am for the legalization. Just think, if the U.S. government taxes it, how much that can help our failing economy? Ten fold….ten fold.

    • Anonymous says: You think its safe and better to continue to have alcohol and cigarettes legal and with crime rate so high from these drugs and will kill you a lot faster and do more harm to you and someone else. when cigarettes are worse because you are smoking embalming fluid and other chemicals. some doctors are a bunch of hypocrites most of the doctors smoke cigarettes and they know the side effects and causes from cigarettes and a lot of doctor are very addicted to alcohol. Also almost everything in this world is bad and addictive like fast food, medication that is worse being given to you in the hospital. Like amiodarone, digoxin, oxy cotton, morphine and thousands more that can kill you in an instant.

  1. Thanks so much! This helped me a ton. My high school smokes a lot, some kids cigarettes and some kids weed, and I’m wondering which group to absolutely avoid (and the other group to try to limit my involvement with)

    • It turns out cigarettes kill not only those who smoke them, but those who are in the vicinity via second hand smoke. Last year, it was discovered that “3rd hand” smoke also causes cancer – that’s the smoke you smell on your clothes and hair if you’ve been around cigarette smoke. So avoid people while they are smoking cigarettes for your own health!

      Cigarette companies have manufactured them so that they are more addictive than heroin. So when you see someone addicted to cigs, there is no reason to look down on them, they are in for a serious life-threatening battle and up against one of the toughest drugs to quit. So, compassion is really the best approach.

      • Bull shit! Heroin is the worst thing for your body. I’ve smoked cigarettes for a while and never developed a dependency as heroin addicts do. A friend tried it (H) and when he quit he threw up all the time and felt horrible, never has that happened on cigarettes. He had to go to rehab to properly get off heroin, anyone who even tries to go to rehab for cigs has no self control. Weed helps prevent alziemers and relaxes your body and mind, it has never been linked to cancer like cigs and alcohol. The only downside to getting baked is the risk you run of legal trouble. If you’ve never smoked pot, shut up, you don’t know what it’s like; you’re just on the pathetic anti-marijuana band-waggon. Tabacco made this country in to what is is today, who are you to say marijuana isn’t what will make our country what it will be tomorrow.

        P.s. the first 5 presidents smoked marijuana as also did many of the US founding fathers (fact). God people are stupid x_x

        • Our country was founded on growing hemp and hops. During WWI there were banners around the country promoting the hemp industry. Hemp makes stronger and more durable denim than cotton and some of the strongest rope. Hemp helps put nutrients back into the soil when farmed, much like peanuts. in 1908 more cars ran off of hemp seed oil than petroleum. Racism along with the cotton and oil industries forced the government into banning cannabis. All the disinformation about marijuana came from these corporations much as they still do today. Hemp saved America before and if we legalize cannabis it will help pull us out of economic tribulations once again.

          • Don’t forget Big Paper/Lumber interests. They were just as bad, because hemp makes a better quality paper and it can be harvested and replenished a million times better than trees. (Not to mention, though they didn’t know this part at the time, it makes a better pulp-fiber, as used in plywood and particle board, than trees do. Hell, it even makes a kind of concrete that’s better than the kind we use! XD)

            The Declaration of Independence is on hemp paper. Tree paper would have been dust by now, even with the special care they take of it, but with hemp the Declaration is still perfectly legible and still will be for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

      • The fourth hand smoke is the most dangerous – it’s caused when you just heard that someone smoked… Guys, for God sake, if you’re gonna do what you’re gonna do (smoking – no matter what, drinking, etc,) do it moderate. As far as the article – it contradicts everything with respect to the cancer rates. Please look at these links for example:

        I’m from Bulgaria where nearly everybody smokes cigarettes (above 60%) and yet we’re on 27th place of lung cancer rate (smoking pot are like 5-7% on our side). In USA nearly everybody smokes pot and you’re at 10th place, Netherlands is in 7th place WHERE THE POT IS LEGAL (in the first link). You can find many other links with different but similar order. I cannot claim correlation because I don’t know what the other countries smoking pot/cigarettes are. I think the type and the food quality is one of the most important things as well as the air, the water quality and the physical activities but I cannot claim that neither. All I’m saying is that if the pot was so magical (beyond the magic of getting high :)) the USA and Netherlands should’ve been really low on the lung cancer rate. Please do some more research on those rates and post here. Those sites gather just the lung cancer rates reported from the world-wide medical facilities and don’t count the pot smoking rates – they don’t care about the pot smokers and thus they are non biased with that respect (actually they’re kind of ANTI TABACO biased). I would be really happy if what was written above was true i.e. we’ve discovered cancer cure (which is also a fun and not just a cure) but world wide cancer rates statistic don’t seem to support those claims.

        • It’s not a cancer cure, and it never claims to be. Even in the above article, it states “the -suggestion- of -some- protective effects”. That is a FAR cry from claiming to be a cure, dude.
          The point is that there have been numerous studies that show that marijuana seems to, as a random side effect, stunt the growth of cancerous cells.

          If you think for a moment, this is more impressive than it initially seems. These results were found during studies aimed to find a link between weed and cancer. The participants smoked unaltered marijuana, recreationally, with no intent or action taken towards cancer prevention at all.
          Now think of morphine. In it’s natural state it has no pain-reducing comes from the poppy plant, and is super processed before it can be used as a pain killer.

          Unaltered Marijuana has effects on cancer cells- by accident.
          Imagine if studies specifically focused on it’s cancer-effective-properties were done. The specific properties involved could be isolated and potentially eventually refined into at least a treatment for cancer. As things stand now, marijuana is good for cancer patients because it’s anti-nausea properties help with the side effects of chemotherapy.

          So while no one is claiming it’s a miracle cure for cancer, the fledgeling information we do have about the effects it has are promising, and worth looking into.

  2. This just in:

    Doctors have called for a ban on smoking in all vehicles after a report into the effects of passive smoking on children.

    A study by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) found more than 20,000 chest infections, 120,000 bouts of middle ear disease and 200 cases of meningitis in youngsters are also thought to be linked to the effects of second-hand smoke.


    • Well, i doubt you need more research for the fact that cigarettes kill via cancer, so check this out – Marijuana doesn’t!

      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 Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a 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 lighted 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 in their youth, when it is most often tried.

        • Neurogenesis occurs all the time in the hippocampus. That is how we are able to form memories. Glial cells also are constantly regenerating. Another new finding is that there are neural stem cells in the brain, that can take place of dead or dysfunctional neurons. Also pot doesn’t kill these brain cells, the process of smoking does. If you were to smoke a ground up piece of paper, your brain cells would be “killed off.” Alcohol kills affects the brain negatively as well, but marijuana in forms other than smoking does not adversely affect your brain.

        • O my God! Marijuana does NOT kill brain cells. The study that “proved” that it did was done incorrectly, and was later found inconclusive. Scientist put gas masks on RHESUS MONKEYS, and pumped it full of marijuana smoke. What happens if you pump a mask full of ANY smoke? Ding. Ding, Ding! You are not allowing oxygen in. It was like if you stand behind a car and suck on the tail pipe. Oxygen deprivation=death of brain cells. When they did the experiments a different way, they found no evidence of brain cell damage due to the actual smoking of marijuana. Research, dude, research…

        • Pot dont kill brain cells dweeb. And yea holding your breath kills brain cells. So what i shouldn’t go underwater when i swim so i dont have to hold my breath. Come on everyone stop and just agree that If someone works all week and on Friday wants to smoke a joint to relax they should be able to. Just as you buy ciggs and alcohol legally. But you can’t in US and it is BS

  3. thankyou for this article ! i’m always having debates with fellow students about how weed isn’t as bad for as other drugs and substances. and they always shut me down well now i have proof thankyou so much

  4. Well I support medical uses of Marijuana such as Marinol. However people who smoke just to get high for the heck of it is dumb. But for cancer, aids and other disease patents who are in need of Marijuana, you have my support. For the rest of the people who smoke Marijuana for fun and for no apparent reason, don’t get caught by the law enforcement.

    • Unfortunately, Marinol has some very nasty side effects that include death. Four people have died from Marinol to date. Zero have died from the natural form of Marijuana. Marinol has been around a few years, Marijuana thousands. In many cases when people want to relax or “party”, alcohol is what people choose instead of marijuana because it is legal. So many have died from alcohol. No one to date has died from marijuana alone, ever.

      So the law is not on the side of human life, in every case. Though it does support the profits of the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.

      • I really don’t buy the “zero deaths from marijuana” bit. Sure if narrow the parameters to only physical side effects, maybe. But the stupidity caused by marijuana use (i.e. loss of inhibitions) are just as great (if not more so) as alcohol.
        Just watch an episode of Jackass or its emulators for documentation. All of them are admitted heavy marijuana users.

        • I work a 40 hour week and go to night school for 4 hours 3 nights a week. i plan on being a criminal defense lawyer, i am highly educated and motivated and i love smoking a fat blunt after a nice long day. it relaxes me rather than coming home and getting drunk and rowdy. And are you going to try and make guns illegal because stupid people made stupid decisions? if some one can not handle marijuana they should stay away from it, same goes for alcohol, cigarettes, guns, ect. it is a free country and we should be able to decide for our selves what we consume in OUR OWN bodys if you dont like it dont do it. and as far as the jack ass guys that is a horrible example they make so much money it is irrelevant what they do with their lives and money and im not sure if you know this but Bam Margera is sitting on a million dollar corporation that HE owns…

        • You’re stupid, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. I’m a student at Texas Tech, I smoke marijuana, AND I have a 3.8 GPA. I’ve never lost my ambitions and I am an avid student. I like smoking a bleezy and going to class. It relaxes me and clears my mind to take better notes. Also your jackass reference is ridiculous, no knowledge of pot or jackass whatsoever. The guys on jackass do dumb things but get paid millions, until you are sittin on mad cash your nothin but another pathetic person on the same old pathetic anti-pot bandwaggon.

        • The “zero deaths from marijuana ever” is not a ‘bit’ – it’s a direct quotation from Harvard’s Dr Lester Grinspoon, who studied the herb for 50 years. It is a fact no one has died from marijuana , it is a fact that marijuana is non toxic. It is safe and effective medicine .

        • your an ignorant conformist, your like a parrot, you repeat what you hear but you really don’t have much conscious thought. now, i on the other hand, have been smoking marijuana since i was a young’n and i know for a fact that marijuana does not cause as you so quaintly described ” a loss of inhibition”, Ive always been able to control myself when I’m high and Ive driven high also, there is a minor alteration to your body’s coordination, (meaning you have a longer reaction deficit) I do not condone driving under the influence of any drug, but some people who have never smoked weed or done any recreational drug ever are IMO worse drivers than someone who is high on pot (one fact about pot/ weed/grass/herb/kush etc. happens to be that it makes you more sensitive to your surroundings[ in other words, you become a more conscious driver]. so having proven my point i will also go on to say that i know for a fact that some if not most of the people featured in, starring or producing in “Jackass” were on multiple schedule 1 substances, so I DON’T BUY your concept of “stupidity” caused by consuming marijuana, especially the idea that its equivalent if not more so than alcohol. that is absolutely ridiculous, furthermore there is no basis for anyone to call another person a “heavy marijuana user”, especially coming from someone who probably doesn’t even smoke or use marijuana. you must have a guilty conscious about something you did while intoxicated on perhaps another drug(not marijuana) to be saying the things you did. before i go on a rant about all the discrepancies involved in the marijuana culture/ industry (w.e you wanna call it) let me finish by saying that i am one for the DECRIMINALIZATION of most forms of marijuana/ cannabis especially medical. and i think i can speak for the rest of us who support marijuana consumption that the majority of our population will one day vote to achieve full decriminalization and legalization of this natural god given plant that is not chemically altered in some laboratory before it reaches its consumer. now i cant speak the minds of everyone so Im not saying Im right Im just stating my opinion. thank you if you read this fully and thoroughly and especially if you looked up some of the terms i used to better understand the situation under discussion. K.O.P. (knowledge is power). peace!

          p.s., i was 12 when i started smoking and ive been smoking pot almost every day since i was 16. just remember that when you think about the “stupidity” that marijuana causes in its users. again, Peace!


    • john doe is a conformist. probably a hypocrite too, smokes just to get high. the truth is people use drugs to get high, doesn’t matter what kind of drug you discuss, like tobacco and alcohol; eventually the fed. gov. will have no choice but to decriminalize or legalize most if not all forms of marijuana, wether that be for medical purposes or recreational. any person who thinks it should be “legalized” for medical purposes alone is a conformist.

    • Yo if you work all week and can buy a 6 pack a beer to drink to relax i should be able to buy a joint. Especially when alcohol kills and pot heals. No one has ever died from pot use alone. Js

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  6. No there is one documented OD from pot, a 5 year old ate a pound of high quality hash brownies her mother made. But that’s just a freak accident, one in a billion chance happening

  7. i enjoy the herb being only 20 but my family would rather me smoke herb than drink smoke cigs or be a pill popper. i also dont try to push people to smoke either since i have heard people say we are pushy.

  8. what about when marijuana users roll a joint?? tobacco + cannabis= addiction
    either way theyre going to have an addiction problem and lets be honest, tobacco is not going to be banned anytime soon.

    • when you roll a joint you odnt add tobacco, idoit. marijuana does not cause addiction for it does not contain addictive substances. Suck It.

      • only blunts contain tobacco, unless you roll a spliff, and not many people i know do that. So given the scientific testing on marijuana, its only toxic due to the fact that your inhaling smoke into your lungs, and there are other methods of getting high without inhaling smoke such as vaporizers and consumption of weed via baked goods or eating it as it is.

  9. i agree with all of this 100%.
    i actually feel offended when people talk about how “bad” weed is..when its not at all..
    i think even god is ok with it, because in the bible it states that we can use every seed bearing plant.
    weed is a seed bearing plant and is organic.
    thanks sooo much!

  10. i hate that even if the facts r right infront of u the governtment doesnt make it legal, probably cuz they want 2 keep it 2 themselves, or they also might think we will react like that fool from pineapple express-movie in the begining that tell the general “FUCK U!”

    • No, quite the opposite, the science is saying that THC causes cancerous cells to kill themselves (“autophagy”) leaving healthy cells intact.

    • Ya. Its called resin. Its like Tar and THC and you can smoke it to get high BUT its pretty nasty tasting and not very good for you. I clean my bubbler every few days.

  11. Does marijuana have effects like cigarettes do in regards to second hand or third hand smoke honestly? If I can smell it on my boyfriend’s clothes then so can my child. Will smelling the after affects of it be harmful like cigarettes are?

    • No, but your question does make sense. Cannabis smoke is actually good for you, and the smell while not being pleasing perhaps to some, is not at all harmful according to the science to date.

      • My husband uses medical marijuana and I am all for the positive effect it has had on him. However, I am really concerned about the potential carcinogens left behind from the smoke. The area he smokes in smells very strong of smoke and I have noticed the intensity increasing over the last few weeks. I have also noticed that I am having increased eye allergies when sitting downstairs (redness, burning, itching, watering, and contacts irritating me). But most importantly, my daughter has begun to get eczema and I have been told, in her case, it is a chemical and allergic reaction. Per her pediatrician, carcinogens are left behind from all forms of smoke and can increase allergies including flare ups in the skin. Again, I am all for the positive effects of marijuana but I am concerned for the health and well being of my children and family. I have encouraged him to smoke outside to reduce the risk of exposure but to date I have been unable to find information to support my concerns or disprove them. I would like to know what science you are referring to and where I can learn more about studies done on second and third-hand marijuana smoke.

        • Immediately solve this issue by getting your husband a vaporizer. There is really no reason to smoke.

          I will say that the government’s top anti-drug researcher spent 30 years searching for a cancer-marijuana link, and after 30 years could find none. Which made no sense to him, as you have noted, the smoke does contain carcinogens. However, he probed this discrepancy further and found that also within marijuana smoke are chemicals which have ANTI cancerous properties, and encourage any cancerous cells to kill themselves, leaving healthy cells intact. This is the reason there is so much talk about marijuana curing cancer. It’s not just talk, in other countries, THC is being actively used to shrink tumors. This site has many articles on just that.

          There have been no studies on second or third hand smoke as far as I know – these would only make sense if there was first a direct correlation. One can only assume if firs hand smoke does not cause cancer, second and third have even less of a chance (less than none).

          A vaporizer is the way to go, for $50 you can solve all the issues you’ve mentioned.

          Be well, and thanks for writing ~

      • also unless you are sitting in a enclosed area with smoke every where a contact high is VERY hard to get. i hope this helps

  12. I worked in medical cannabis for more than 12 years in Seattle, Wa. I saw with my own eyes multiple cases of improved health in Aids, Cancer, Multiple sclerosis,
    depression, and patients with a multitude of other ailments. I also saw people die after the police took their medicine away. We ( The American Public ) have been
    flat out lied to by our government about the alledged dangers of cannabis. Every American needs an education with the facts about the medical uses of cannabis
    and about it’s saftey as compared to many other prescription drugs.

    People need to start hearing the truth. LIES are dangerous to the health of our nation, and telling a lie should be punishable by life in prison. It’s time for legislation that will ensure we only hear the truth, and inprison anyone trying to spread lies and untrue propaganda for profit. Cannabis was made illegal due to the steep competition it presents to the wood pulp paper industry, and the chemical industry, and anyone perpetuating these lies against cannabis needs to be locked up for the rest of thier natural born days for endangering our health or the health benefits we could be enjoying from legalized cannabis medicine.

    Marinol is a synthetic chemically produced form of THC. It does not contain the other 59 or so cannabinoids that are also medically benificial to human life. I have used it and found it to have zero benefit for the chronic pain I have suffered for nearly 20 years. I have not heard one single positive thing from anyone who has ever been prescribed marinol, yet 3 different doctors have allowed and or recomended that I use cannabis au-natural. Im tired of the lies and the ignorance of our people due to the lies we have all been told. You should be outraged !

    • I am outraged that Marinol is even suggested – it has already killed 4 people. Cannabis has never killed anyone. Marinol has been around 30 years, Cannabis, 5,000.

  13. You might want to check out Radiation – Polonium-210 in Tobacco. Along with Lead-210i, it makes better sense when you think of second hand smoke being harmful as well. You may also be interested to know that the Tobacco industry has been aware of the Radiation and how to remove it for some time.

  14. Yes Marijuana has it’s benefits, but it’s still has it’s long term effects don’t be naive and say their are not….if you are cool with that then all power to you. I would love for it to get legalize because i don’t believe it’s a reason someone should go to jail.

  15. It seems to me that the American public is largely ignorant to any of the facts. I’m not saying that they are purposely ignoring them, it’s just that the information hasn’t been spread around enough. They might look at the Controlled Substances Act and see it’s a Schedule I drug. They don’t realize it can’t be there because it DOES have an accepted medical use, in fact it has many medical uses. Ever heard of “medicinal marijuana”?

    • The government used to have a medical marijuana program (“Compassionate Use Act”) , and still grows, rolls and ships a carton of joints to a couple of grandfathered-patients every month. So yes, the federal government is simutaneously saying marijuana has no medicinal value (part of the definition for schedule 1) and providing medical marijuana.. And pushing Marinol. This jumbled mess of laws is what you get when big business has the kind of pull they do in D.C.

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  17. Thank god. Some older man was ragging on me for smoking pot once in a while. Saying it’s as harmful and that is damages your lungs.

  18. Cigs are by far way worse for you then marijuana… i smoke weed every single day it makes me feel great it giuves me a smiles on my face, a bong toke will help me get up and feel alive i dont know… but i love my weed it makes my life complete 420 SWED fuck those nasty cancer sticks

      • No, they smoke less because it’s expensive lol. Trust me, the last thing on most pot smokers mind is getting caught. Just actually imagine what you just said: “Oh man, I better not smoke too much weed because it’s still illegal…” Unlikely, there were kids doing cocaine off of a desk in one of my classes. Which was weird… because I actually live in a higher middle class area so drug use isn’t that prolific.

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  20. I presently live in a building where about 25% are young adults who smoke ‘cush’ marijuana. That’s what they call it.This stuff smells worse then a skunk. This smell travels through out our hallways, enters our units and elevators. It makes me dizzy, lightheaded and feeling sick. I have no allergies and yet I feel like I am in a room with 5000 lbs of ragweed. It’s very toxic to me and my family. 75%, the rest of the people who reside here, are sick of this stench as well. The management knows about this and they claim there is nothing they can do about it. Though many tenants do not object to people smoking marijuana we all find this skunk smell type to be very toxic to our health.
    Many of us have no objections to legalizing marijuana and we wish the government would just do it already instead of subjecting our children to the crap that is going around such as this ‘cush’ skunk smelling stuff. It’s on they’re clothes too and no one will get into an elevator or stand any where around those who reek of this stench. Are there any laws pertaining to this toxic smell being emitting through out our building?
    Thank you for your time in this matter. Oh and we don’t think we should all have to move either so don’t even suggest it as the only alternative.

    • If you think the illegal Market will disappear with legislation then wake up . Career criminals are simply going to sell it cheaper or something else to someone else. Drug use is only changed by decreasing the demand.

      • Dude… You countered yourself in your statement “Career criminals are simply going to sell it cheaper or something else to someone else” the point is the eliminate the illegal market of marijuana… if it’s legalized, then the market vanishes. The criminals don’t, but the market does. Do you see illegal crime syndicates funded on cigarette movement? What about alcohol? When it was illegal, we had mobsters making millions off of it’s illegal distribution. What happened when it was legalized? They collapsed… And the goal isn’t to decrease marijuana demand, just decriminalize it. There aren’t a whole lot of organizations out there trying to slow demand. I really haven’t seen many ad councils ads on tv about it, just cigs and alcohol.

    • Just one quick comment, although it may smell toxic to you, it is not toxic. Cannabis is one of the least toxic drugs known to man (per Harvard’s Lester Grinspoon). The smoke has not only failed to produce cancers, but studies show cannabis smoke actually encourages atophagy – cancerous cells kill themselves leaving healthy cells intact.
      Some people find that skunk smell most pleasant, and find perfumes and drier sheets smells (which also waft everywhere – sometimes causing one to hold their breath in the elevator) to be equally as distressful. But, drier sheets, laundry smells and many perfumes actually do cause negative health effects. Personally, I wish these products were banned. I have to run an air purifier in my apartment as well as keep a towel under the door to prevent these noxious smells from wafting around my apartment and making me sick. On that note, why aren’t cigarettes illegal? Even third hand smoke causes cancer – but that smoke is everywhere and we who care about our health and who want fresh air are left to fend for ourselves.

      Sorry you’re having to deal with this too. Get an air purifier! It’s well worth it.

      • I hear you. We don’t have the issue of these other smells entering our units. I too wish cigs were non-existent. Can’t stand at the bus stops around here. An air purifier doesn’t help, we have 4: 1 in each room. We have weather stripping around our unit door and we put towels at the bottom of every door too. Nothing helps since this stench is in the air of the building. It’s a 107 unit building and it’s on every single floor. It’s throughout the building. Even walking around the outside of the building can be toxic with the stink emitting from peoples open balcony doors and windows. Just this morning as I went to the underground the elevator reeked and I had to refuse to get on. 11 am for goodness sake. I think I will look more closely at article 47 in the Landlord and tenant act as well as look at environment hazard laws as this is akin to a gas leak.
        I’ve done a lot of research on this type of drug. And spoke with many people of many factions. I’ve learned a lot. One thing I was told is that this stuff is hemp not marijuana. The so called ‘Real’ marijuana does not have this hemp stink. Albeit another stink but not a skunk smell. For example Jamaican or Columbia marijuana does not have this smell because, I was told, it is not hemp. I’m learning from the side lines as I don’t indulge. LOL Still, even after gathering the info I have to date, I’m still learning. As for legalizing it, I discovered it’s already legal and being sold in stores throughout my city and the cities around mine. I took my son to his hockey game and discovered a new business had opened where, like in the middle east, they were smoking from bongs. Yes I inquired. Here we have laws that claim people can not smoke in restaurants and here is a business designed to do just that. I am confused.
        Thank you for responding though.

        • it could be toxic if they are making hemp oil(not seed oil), because it needs a dissolvent. hemp oil with very high amounts of THC will cure cancer (about 100 grams im 90-100 days). thc tells to your body’s cancer cell’s(we all have cancer cell’s since the day we are born to the day we die, but our immune system takes care of that exept when it doesn’t) or teachs them how to die because they “forgot”. there is just too many good things i can tell you about cannabis, but 0 negetive aspects to users and a bunch of negative aspects to big industries if it wass fully legal.

    • Sadly, your only option is in fact to move… or call the cops. You can’t stop them yourself, but you can get the police involved. And the smell isn’t toxic at all. A drug test won’t even pick it up. So yeah, that’s what you have to deal with in apartments. I used to live in an apartment complex where the smell of tortillas and sometimes Indian food permeated the air and it was bad…

  21. So it becomes “more safe” when it is legalised? Doesn’t seem to be anything about the dangers of using it in the article….presumably more safe means it is not safe by definition

  22. And so what does this tell us about our money grubbin’ government. They once used weed to make ropes for our ships that we so desperately needed when th’ British were whippin’ our ass. It was considered unpatriotic if you didn’t grow weed in your yard back then. Now they still use it for generating millions each year by keeping it illegal and busting people who make money on it. Sorry ass greedy, dickheads who need a job busting people who want to be peaceful in their own home. They will spend tons of money busting US weed smokers because we’re peaceful and easy but then they let them gun toting hoods stand out there shaking their dicks at ‘em, go on and sell cracks cocaints tooz all dayz little wite gullz. Now that’s good government. I’m Stewie Griffin, a sarcastic bastard and I approove this message.

    • Oh yeah……They also hope that you will turn to smoking cigarettes if you can’t get weed (which they work VERY hard at keeping you from getting) because they make SHITLOADS off cigarettes. So, in a nutshell, they want you to KEEP smoking weed because they make TONS off the busting of people who sell it but if you CAN’T get it, they want you to turn to cigarettes so they can make TONS there as well. It’s a win, win situation for ‘em. They don’t want AT&T to have a monopoly on phone’ige but they want the monopoly on smoking anything. “ALL our ancient peoples once used weed. Now our ASSHOLES use it for greed.” Can we get a song here?


    Most of the time that people say marijuana isn’t bad is because he or she is addicted and likes how it feels. How can something be bad if it feels good right? Doesn’t matter. Marijauna is worse than cigarettes. It can’t cause cancer, but it has other worse damaging effects than cigarettes. There is enough evidence to prove this. Look at all the legitimate research from licensed and professional organizations, not just articles written by pot smokers, because the argument is going to sway towards the obvious.;lst;3

    • amber, any article you choose to read is going to have some bias. Clearly, you CHOOSE to read the information published by the government to help combat this so called War on Drugs, The fact is, there is more evidence by legitimate non “pot” smokers stating that marijuana is non addictive, non toxic, and has a generous range of health benefits for patients suffering from different ailments. So amber, go read an article that wasn’t published or sponsored by the government trying to convince you that it is harmful. Use good judgement Amber, you sound silly when you say that cigarettes which are loaded with toxins are safer than marijuana, just silly… I hope you can realize your misinformed judgement and shape a new understanding of life on your own without the help from the government who wants you to conform and base it on FACTS. good luck

    • the article or website you reference is sponsored by the same people who allowed an innocent inventor with good intentions to be jailed for allowing a useful invention to become free and public for yourself amber, are these the people you want to trust?
      please stop being so misguided, if you do not like it, don’t do it. Its your body and ultimately you choose what goes in or not.

  24. pls help me.i smoked marijuana for the first time b4 a week.the problem s i dint get back my consiousness stil.i m very much woried tat it has put my brain under problems..i feel that the drug has int stil left my body.and the main reason for this s i overdozed it i took nearly 10 puffs or joints on a single nit.i want to know when wil i get rectified.pls help me

    • The same thing happened to me the first time I smoked. Everytime you smoke, THC is stored in your body fats, maybe when it breaks down it gives you some of the effects still? You can try smoking heavily for a week or so, as this builds tolerance, it takes more to get to you. You can also try exercising and drinking a lot of water to get the THC out of your system.

    • I’m sorry but that is quite literally the dumbest thing i have ever heard. I am a avid marijuana smoker and 10 puffs on a joint wont effect you for a week even if you have never smoked it before the “high” effects of marijuana completely wear off in less than 12 hours, so please stop being stupid and do not lie.

  25. Cigarettes are not illegal because too many people are addicted and the government is making too much profit from tobacco to male it illegal.

  26. First some of your statements you call FaCTS are anything but: Marijuana IS addictive over prolonged period of use.. whether psychology or physiological. ALSO regarding you stating Mairjuana is NOT a cancer causing agent. That is false. A study showed that there was marked increase in testicular cancer by as much as 70% when associated with marijuana use…so I guess if you dont like your BALLS go ahead and smoke up boys.. . There is more than one type of cancer in the world than Lung cancer…people always fixate on that when it comes to smoking or inhaling anything and conviently the other forms out there. Also a very extensive Austratian study showed that Alcohol use was typically associated with marijuana use with 75% of users and increased greatly when smoking with Marijuan was involved because of the seeming effects of the two when used together. If It was found if Marijuana users did not have the weed or could not afford it or have access it to they would turn alochol at an increased rate than they did prior……just saying its not a bed of roses for smokers of pot and you shouldn’t it is…I am not for it or against and I dont care about the comparison between smokers. just dont act like the debate is over and done with when it comes to the health risks involved in using the stuff.


    No Problem here’s one link above ….I think the study also adds credence to the debate that pot is a Gateway Drug….that’s not really pots faulty actually its more because the person in coming into contact with a substance that is currently illegal will also run afoul of other illegal drugs because they are sold in that setting…if Pot was legal and cheaper the alternative narcotics (even alochol) that people turn to would probably lessen in consumption and initial experimenation…as I said before I am not for or against pot I just want the facts known…

    • I have great news for you!

      Flawed study inflates Testicular Cancer-Risk from Marijuana

      by Brinna | February 9, 2009

      The wire services are having a field day. Marijuana causes testicular cancer!

      Well, you can relax. The results of the study published in the Journal Cancer, (and released online February 9th) is full of caveats, and say it only “appears” that a link “may” exist.

      The results and methodology of any research must be looked at closely, and this one is no exception. First of all, an analysis of the research on Medpage , indicates that the study done at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer research center was instituted by a scientist, Janet R. Daling, Ph.D who may very well have set out to prove a link between testicular cancer and cannabis use. While this does not necessarily indicate a bias, it is valuable to note, as studies of this nature often have flaws (and this one is no exception.)

      A little about testicular cancer.

      First of all, understand that testicular cancer is very rare, amounting to only 1 percent of all cancers in U.S. males. Only about 8000 men are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year, and less than 400 die. It is most common in white males of Scandinavian descent. Other risk factors include: a family history of the disease, abnormal testicular development, or undescended testes.

      There are two types of testicular cancer, nonseminoma and seminoma.

      It is important to note that the study did not show a direct link, it only suggested a possible one. In addition this potential correlation was only with the nonseminoma variety, which accounts for just 40% of such cancers, or about 3200 annual cases.

      A very small study indeed.

      The study was based on a very small sampling of 369 men with testicular cancer who filled out a questionnaire. The responses were evaluated based on lifestyle choices, and compared to the answers from a group of 979 cancer-free group with similar backgrounds.

      In addition researchers were only able to interview about 250 of men from the first group, and little more than half of the cancer-free control group. Another problem is that the questionnaire relied on self-reported use of marijuana, which, because it is an illicit drug, can skew answers, and finally, there was no central review of the pathology.

      So, whether young men facing a diagnosis of cancer are more likely to admit to cannabis use than those not faced with a life threatening disease, cannot be determined from this study. It is also a distinct possibility that other issues such as exercise, diet, tobacco, alcohol and other illicit or prescription drug use were not effectively factored in to the questionnaire.

      All in all, the holes in this study make it highly questionable, and in an age where cannabinoid research in the United States has been limited to those studies meant to show harm rather than benefits, we should take these results with a large grain of salt.

      Continue reading at Flawed study inflates Testicular Cancer-Risk from Marijuana | NowPublic News Coverage

  28. weed … weed … weed we can only go so far until i become a living pot head in the fleash .. which i am …. until i died ima be lifted

  29. Iv smoked weed since I was 15 and I’m 19 now, im in peak physical condition and after a long day at the gym or at work I love coming home smoking a few joints and just chiilin, giggling at something on t.v or just having friends round for a few beers. Please explain how thats worse than going out getting completely pissed and getting thrown in a cell over night? Dave

  30. Keep smoking buddy. Be happy on ur weed but dont ask others to smoke it. Dont mis inform people that it is good for health. And finally there is nothing like medicinal marijuana. MARIJUANA IS BAD.

    • Listen, Aakash. People who are for marijuana usage have SO much evidence that’s it’s not bad for your health unless of course you lace it with something. People who are against it usually come up with outrageous things like “One joint equals 10 cigarettes” or they have nothing to attempt to prove that it’s so “horrible”. If you don’t want to smoke it, plain and simple: Don’t. Have you ever seen someone die from an O.D. from marijuana, erm no. It’s just a plant, it grows that way. If you just happen to catch it on fire there are some side effects: Happy, Hungry, Sleepy, (possibly horny). But those are the things happiness is made of! The only “chemical” in marijuana are THC and “Fuck it”. If you’re worried about not having the money to pay that light bill, just take one puff off of a joint. One puff. You’ll be like “I don’t know what Ima do about this light bill. They don’t want a deposit, they don’t want half of it, I don’t know what Ima do” *puff*….”Fuck them damn lights. I’ve got 12 candles I’ll be waiting to burn them bitches.” Anyways…I’m not a Christian or believer but I do know for you believers that it simply says in the bible “All seed bearing plants are here for us to consume or use”, marijuana is a seed-bearing plant, so we shall use it if we please. If it was so harmful, why did you’re God put it on this Earth for our consumption? Indian’s smoked pot from peace-pipes. I bet you Jesus passed around a peace-pipe! So research a little more before you decide to rag on pot smokers.
      Thank you.

    • No one is asking for others to toke up. No one. We’re not spearheading a “Weed for everyone” campaign. We’re leading a “Right to smoke weed” campaign. Big difference. If someone isn’t going to smoke, then they’re not gonna smoke, plain and simple. Peer Pressure is constant regardless of legality.

  31. And if you are die hard fan of marijuana then you should come over here to the place where I live. Hundreds and thousands of marijuana planta have grown up of over the area including the road sides. It is marijuana heaven here.

  32. Aakash, how could you be so stupid to go against scientific research? AND IN THIS DAYIN AGE where all the info you need is at your disposal, in your face online! lulz you hafta be kidding or some provocateur gov spy eating crap. i demand the admin of this blog ban you and all your IPs for spreading false information. thank you in advance Admin.

    “President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have maintained that the current administration will not raid medical marijuana dispensaries that cooperate with state and local laws, although the President is not in favor of full legalization on a national level.[1][2] In July 2009, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, further clarified the federal government’s position when he stated that “marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit” and that “legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine.”[3] However, a January 2010 settlement between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) provides an example confirming the administration policy as communicated by Attorney General Holder, as WAMM successfully reached an agreement to re-open after being shut down by the federal government in 2002.[4][5]
    Despite statements as a Senator, where he called for marijuana decriminalization, promises as a presidential candidate where he stated that marijuana laws needed to be reconsidered and explicit statements as president that he would respect state medical marijuana laws, Barak Obama has presided over 1.7 million marijuana arrests and a nationwide campaign of raiding medical marijuana dispensaries. Dozens of dispensaries have been closed with their owners and workers facing jail and prison sentences.”

    They would of never reached a settlement if not for smart people that don’t just listen to what others say. And where do you live anyways?

    • I completely understand your request. For now since this/these trolls, who are new to this blog since the time of the Oaksterdam raid, have been using different IPs, it’s just whack a mole.

      To me they are pretty easy to ignore.

      We all have the Freedom Of Speech ~ which is what fuels this blog, that and healing, it makes sense for now to allow people to say what they choose to say.

      Obvious trolls are obvious.

  33. Watch: marijuana true history. Shows how and why the corporations/governments have attacked this extreamly valuable plant for £€$£€$/ control. Answears most questions in my opinion.

  34. Anything you put into your body is going to do some harm, Marijuana isnt going to harm barely at all and for the people who flip shit cause they say it does or will. Are the same ones brainwashed into thinking that from mommy and daddy etc. To bad it kills no one, an aspiren isnt getting bashed, yet kills what up to 500 people a year? ha!

  35. The Real reason that marijuana has not been legalized yet is just for the simple fact theres no way of regulating it if you got pulled over there would be know way of proving how much you have smoked or if you are okay to drive theres just no easy way of testing and i strongly believe it should be legalized…but until we have a solid way of regulating it were all screwed but until then puff puff pass…..!!!

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  38. wow.. as a biochemistry, i know some of this stuffs. the toxicity is the question here. everything has a never of toxicity depending on the dose. so that bring me to say at what dose will marijuana fit for perfect living?

  39. I agree 100%. I’ve had stomach pains my whole life and doctors think its just stress related. When i started smoking weed the pains went away. I could eat anything without getting sick. I truly believe that marijuana is a medicine And SHOULD be legalized everywhere!!! It helps with every problem you have. Something needs to be done to legalize marijuana!

  40. I’ve smoked the best of buds for 32 years and have never had a bad reaction to Nothing. Weed is sorta like my version of Mellowrille’ if it were not for this stuff I am quite sure I would be in prison for kicking someones ass. What can i say two joints a day keeps them prison bars away

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  42. Smoke is smoke. Your healthier not smoking cigarettes OR marijuana. Smh. It may temporarily relieve pains and aches and make you relax, but as I see it there are so many other ways to relax then to smoke some plant that makes you high, just like alochol, they say 1 or 2 beers a day your healthier then a person that does not drink at all. How about eat right, excercise, find time and a place every week to go relax. Self meditation, you don’t have to smoke shit, drink shit, or take shit. Your sober, and relaxed with meditation, I have bad anixety and it’s helps me, I use to smoke but it only caused my anxiety to get worse, so whats your excuse or reason for that? You can do anything on your own. Your brain is a powerful machine. You know when your driving from point a to point b and you don’t hardly recall the drive to point b cause you were probably day dreaming? Well that’s how powerful your mind and brain is, your unconscious mind was taking care of you while your conscious mind was else where. Alot of things are in your head, for example if you look at your hand and think and believe your really gonna break out into a rash and you just can’t stop thinking it’s gonna happen, it will happen, it’s all in your head but it’s real. The mind and brain are your most powerful tools, use them instead of smoking something to get away from reality temporarily, same for drinking or any drug.

    • Your brain is powerful, yes, but sadly, it’s rather autonomous. When discussing the benefits of marijuana, your talking about a drug that has extremely high success rates as compared to it’s pharmacutical counterparts. Also, that little driving bit isn’t because your brain is taking care of you. It’s extremely dangerous and can lead to disaster. Often times your subconscious doesn’t recognize changes in speed limits, construction, etc… and just goes with the flow, rather than being an active driver. Smoke is smoke yes, but who are you to tell another person what they can and cannot put into their body in order to alleviate a problem, regardless of what that problem may be.

  43. if u see other ways to make ur life better instead of smoking weed , then weed isnt for you weed is for the people who dont see any other way to aid their problems i was born with the umbilical cord around my neck and now i have severe problems with my brain one of the big problems being a severe anxiety disorder. i would come home after school vomiting because of my anxiety. ive tried MANY MANY medications and all of them have just made my life worse and set me back with even more problems such as a chemical imbalance in my brain which caused severe depretion, suicidal tendancies, and much more problems. i smoked some weed for my first time sophomore year all those problems went away. if u cant see that marijuana helps some people ur really an ignorant fuck of a human being

    • I suffer from manic depression and tried to commit suicide as a youth. I tried “pot” when i was 16, smoking regularly after 18, and have not had suicidal tendencies since.

  44. I’ll probably never do it, but now i know :)
    And I’ve always known that cigarettes are really bad to use
    (My step dad smokes very often.)

    My dumb friends aren’t really harming themselves much then, i guess….

  45. The conclusion of the whole ordeal regarding Cannabis is simply that the majority of people are uneducated, unwilling to accept the facts or too stupid to know how to do their own research. The data is there for the intelligent to awe at, while some states (those with the most smartest folks) reap the benefits of Gods plant. While the others strive to get by while getting shafted by pill mills and politicians/pharmaceutical reps/etc

  46. ha boys and girls, weed is soo much better then smoking because it makes you feel trippy and stuff while tabacco makes you cough out your lungs bit by bit.

  47. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, marijuana worsens or causes respiratory symptoms (e.g., bronchitis, chronic cough). How does that collaborate with your statement that “…which means it works like a cough drop and opens up
    your lungs…”?

    • Because these “studies” are usually just hippie propaganda. Weed, while it may provide stress and pain relief, doesn’t treat, improve, or cure a damned thing. Neither do opiates, but we prescribe those too.

      • who’s to say that you’re “studies” aren’t just anti-hippie propaganda? To even put Opiates and Marijuana in the same category is insane. Educate yourself; weed was slandered using racial bias with slogans like “Pot makes Niggers think they’re as good as whites” marijuana (hemp) was even grown in America during WWII by the US government despite being illegal because of it’s uses. Weed it’s 20 times safer than cigarettes despite having a much better affect, and actually proving to be quite healthy if you disregard the negative effects of THC. It’s like any prescription drug out there that give you the runs, nausea, etc…

  48. If alcohol and ciggerettes were illegal just like marijuana i would say anything about it being illegal but there not and it doesn’t make since except for the fact they will lose money and will also look bad to the people it basically shows the government really does lie…

  49. im a cigeratete smoker,
    and im quiting right now.kush is the real thang!!!but im still wondering why kush is illegal and cigarettes arent..

  50. Honestly I wish people and especially politicians would do their research before stuffing their morals down people’s throats. I’d even say tobacco & nicotine is more of a gateway drug than marijuana and THC…. I’ve never felt compulsion towards having more weed, and my mother ditched me at the mall because her cravings were getting the best of her. The cocaine/ecstacy/who-knows-what-else addicts at my school started with CIGARETTES. In conclusion, I’d say tobacco is the gateway drug here… if it were illegal more people would be charged for it than people with marijuana use, I bet you.

  51. This why they should legalize the substance, and stop inprison people for something that can help in keep up with health. I would go and agree, and would pressure any government to legalize the substance.

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  53. This is the funniest blog I have ever read. I am in full support of legalization here in Texas and I’ll tell you why.
    I became disabled in Dec. of 1999 with what my Neurosurgeon calls: An Astro-sytomic brain tumor, which BTW ruptured in my skull giving me a 100% chance of death. Somehow I lived and am a very intelligent human being with a 4.0 in high-school and a 3.63 in college while sustaining a role as the Secretary for my honor society, lead math tutor and graduated with a two year degree in one year. Unfortunately I was effected by many physical ailments aka: Migraines 24/7, neck pain 24/7 and stomach nausea 24/7. I have been on pretty much every medicine for pain or nausea that is legal and none of it helped me. I tried marijuana and to me it is a miracle plant(not a drug). Drugs are manufactured and processed!! Now that I have stated my two cents, let me add on a tad. Because of some recent hard times with my SSI, I have lost my income and lost the ability to smoke marijuana(parents house) and no they don’t understand nor support the fact that marijuana helps me live and actually enjoy my life. After 5 weeks of being at my parents house without marijuana, I will say that, I’m now depressed again and in constant full body pain(including nausea again).

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

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  55. The issue isn’t the dangers to the users but to those around them. If I smoke tabacco around other people or in my apartment and it goes from balcony to someone elses it won’t make them stoned.
    If you smoke marijuana and it seeps under doors and into others windows, you are making them stoned against their will

    If I poured alcohol down your throat without your permission you could charge me with batter. I have nothing against alcohol but if you force a mood altering stimulatant into someone else body you will be charged.
    This is the real problem with Pot – people don’t care if people smoke it -they are concerned with containment.

    In Canada when they first legalized it for medical purposes they had idiots smoking it around their kids and neighbours were getting into fist fights because they were in constant clouds that were causing them to be stoned against their will. This was mostly in BC, but it almost reversed the needed legalization for medical purpose laws.

    Contain it and it will be legal tomorrow

    • I agree with you, when I have been in the presence of people smoking pot in an enclosed area I feel stoned also.
      How can someone regulate people from smoking pot in their homes around children and others who are not into smoking?
      Two of the people that I know that smoke regularly are single with no mate and no children so it doesn’t matter except of course to their neighbors, the other has children but he doesn’t live with them and he hides the fact that he smokes pot from them (well now has to all the kids know because they smell it in his car).

      • CORRECTION: damn auto correct, last sentence was not written correctly.
        I meant to say now his older children know because they can smell it in his car.

  56. To those who actually believe in all those BS
    Haven’t your teachers taught you that .gov site are the most reliable source? There are reasons why it’s .com, to make those who are naive enough to continue smoking marijuana. If these so-called info are true, then marijuana would’ve been approved by FDA. Check out this link before deciding to smoke again.

  57. The association between smoking marijuana and lung cancer remains unclear. Marijuana smoke contains about 50% more benzopyrene and nearly 75% more benzanthracene, both known carcinogens, than a comparable quantity of unfiltered tobacco smoke (Tashkin, 2013). Moreover, the deeper inhalations and longer breath-holding of marijuana smokers result in greater exposure of the lung to the tar and carcinogens in the smoke. Lung biopsies from habitual marijuana-only users have revealed widespread alterations to the tissue, some of which are recognized as precursors to the subsequent development of cancer (Tashkin, 2013). – See more at:

  58. This is from the article on this website “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.”
    That’s bullshit! Don’t hold the smoke in for as long as you can! You don’t absorb any more THC by holding it in and are dramatically increasing the amount of tar that stays in your lungs.

  59. You know I’m only a 23 year old male living in B.C Canada and so far I have read every single reply to this article. Now I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and say that I’m some super smart kid that has always excelled and has always had the top grades compared to all of my peers, infact on the contrary, for most of my high school days I often got C+’s or C-‘s (except for the classes I actually had an interest in, usually all the shop classes and P.E those I got A’s in :P ) but after reading all of these reply’s its my conclusion, (and this is after researching the affects of pot for the past couple years because this is something that has peaked my interest) the only negative effect pot has on the human body seems to be the actual smoke characteristics (in which the’re many different ways of taking marijuana without smoking it, as mentioned many times in this article), otherwise it seems very beneficial. Now this is still up to debate mind you. But no body has come to a complete and concrete conclusion, because unfortunately enough, the’re just to many variables to consider in providing any solid findings.
    But it is in my opinion that many of these people who are on the (anti pot bandwagon) as it has been referred to many times in this thread, all seem to be uneducated in the matter and are feeding into the governments anti-marijuana propaganda, or they haven’t invested enough time in researching the matter (or their the same person/group that’s paid by gov/corporate people to throw a wrench in the cogs so-da-speak). This is clear by the lack of evidence provided by the people thus far in this thread. Plus the evidence that is provided is usually studies funded by the government or big corporations. and for those people feeding into those studies; remember the best source of information comes from independent studies! For most of those studies are the least bias and they have nothing to win or lose from telling you their findings, where its the exact opposite for studies funded by the government and big corporations, so use caution!!
    Also so far I have not seen any one pushing anyone to smoke the plant so I don’t understand why some people on this thread are saying pot smokers push the “drug”(hate calling it a drug, puts a bad label on it) on others, there hasn’t been a single reply of anyone saying “everyone should smoke”. This isn’t that episode of family guy where their watching Lassie and every couple seconds a man pops up saying “SMOKE!” or “ARE YA SMOKIN YET!” so far this article has just tryed to inform and educate people on a doctors findings and he is a doctor for a reason, usually means he has many more years of education then the common person and their two cents.
    If your a none smoker then good on ya! and there for I say Dont Go Changing! (also a quote from the movie OutCold haha)
    But most of you are hypocrites, first you say its horrible for your body, so just don’t do it, then some of you even say pot smokers push smoking onto other when its the opposite, so far this thread has be none smokers saying “dont smoke its bad for you” and then the smokers saying back “its my body let me do what I want; I feel no repercussions or health side effects only benefits” (in a nutshell) so who’s really pushing what?
    And lastly it would be mighty mighty! ignorant to think that marijuana is worse then alcohol/cigarettes or even aspirin when all three of just those drugs kill thousands per year in every country, your more likely to get struck by lightning AND win the lottery in the same day then OD on weed because as mentioned above its non-toxic, I’m sure your more likely to die from eating a non-toxic crayon, so the fact of the matter is, some people need marijuana for health reasons and some people need it for relax or make them feel happy for a couple hours, this is suppose to be a free world right? so who is anyone to say any different
    and if the smell is a big deal to your friends/family/neighbors, then get a vaporizer it burns less weed, and the smell gets significantly! reduced and you wont have those people barking at you about how bad the “smoke” is for your lungs (which is still up to debate) Please people educate yourselves, marijuana has the power to overthrow governments with its power of bringing people together, and just watching 1 hour of world news I would say it’s about time for a change for the better wouldn’t you? the world is a messed up place run by crooks and people who dont have the right moral’s. Information truly is power!

  60. “Now this is still up to debate mind you. But no body has come to a complete and concrete conclusion, because unfortunately enough, the’re just to many variables to consider in providing any solid findings.” btw by this I meant, no body has come up with any evidence that marijuana is harmful to the body, reading it a second time I can see how this may confuse people and could sound contradictory after just saying it seems beneficial lol

  61. Marijuana is indeed addictive although it does not have addictive substances. Maybe it’s just the fact that people think it’s healthier to smoke marijuana that makes them addictive to it. ;P (just a thought)

    • I agree, it as addictive as cigarette smoking, using other drugs and alcohol; the people I know that smoke pot regularly say they can’t stop and get belligerent when they can’t smoke.

      • The physical addiction is less than that of caffeine, but the psychological addiction is the same as one can have for anything one finds enjoyable… jogging or whatever.

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  63. Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory persists after the acute effects of the drug wear off; when marijuana use begins in adolescence, the effects may persist for many years. Research from different areas is converging on the fact that regular marijuana use by young people can have long-lasting negative impact on the structure and function of their brains.

    A recent study of marijuana users who began using in adolescence revealed a profound deficit in connections between brain areas responsible for learning and memory. And a large prospective study (following individuals across time) showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost as much as 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38; importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not restored in those who quit smoking marijuana as adults. (Individuals who started smoking marijuana in adulthood did not show significant IQ declines.)

    Marijuana raises heart rate by 20-100 percent shortly after smoking; this effect can last up to 3 hours. In one study, it was estimated that marijuana users have a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug. This may be due to increased heart rate as well as the effects of marijuana on heart rhythms, causing palpitations and arrhythmias. This risk may be greater in older individuals or in those with cardiac vulnerabilities.

    If you have more info about these facts I’m interested to know.

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  65. Why lie to people and play games about MaryJane. Lets stop lying about those questionable studies and I mean questionable studies, because those who have done the studies have always supported the use of Marijuana and their nice little so called professional expertise and questionable findings just solidifies this nonsense that it is a wonder drug. Why try and legalize a recreational drug under the false notion that it is a great medication; especially for pain. Why not let the rubber meet the road and just legalize OPIUM and really get high and relieve pain. If you really want to relieve pain and suffering? HA! HA!

  66. Cigarette smoking relaxes me, I see that as a plus. I never got into taking drugs or over drinking, it changes who you are temporarily.
    As far as I know I only know three people who smoke marijuana daily (2 of them occasionally use other drugs), one of them is totally mellow but the other two go crazy and at times have gotten quite violent, especially when they were not allowed to smoke.

    • You said 2 of your friends who smoke weed also use other drugs and go crazy when they can’t smoke. If they’re using something other the weed then wouldn’t the other drugs be the cause of their shift in behavior? Don’t really see what that has to do with weed…

  67. If weed is so “bad” like people say it is, then why do they presciribe it to people who have cancer? & better yet if Marijuana caused “lung cancer” WHY would they prescribe it to people who have CANCER!? Seriously, some people are ignorant & stupid!

    • its prescribed to people during chemo because the chemotherapy makes them nauseous and they lose their appetite and the marijuana gives them an appetite and helps with the nausea.

  68. My grandmother smoked 2 packs of Benson & Hedges 100s for almost 50 years… died of natural causes a week shy of her 93rd birthday. Pot turns your brain to mush by that time lol

    • My grandfather also smoked cigarettes every day and had a drink every night and he died peacefully in his sleep in his late 80’s.

  69. It doesn’t matter that is much better then cigarettes.You don’t need to exchange one opiate for another only because it is better for health!The state that opiates create for a person is state of unawareness and numbness and “happiness” that last just a little bit.After that you feel like crap!Whats the point if I am not living this sensation to replace it with marijuana?We can be happy in life without additives and help!We can find happiness with our mind.Unless person is sick,very sick!Cancer is excrutiating pain and you need marijuana but still I think dying in state of unawareness is like never have lived and existed!You will not say good by to your children and to everyone that you need to so I wouldn’t feel like it when I feel I am dying!I will prefer to be fully aware and say good by and ask forgiveness from everybody but when pain strikes you in cancer you need it!But just don’t abuse it!Try to not take it for abuse reasons!I try to limit when taking opiate even if I am in pain because the purpose is only big excrutiating pains.Not minor ones,that would be looking for reason take it as abusing the medication.

  70. I have a question out of curiosity: when filling out the paperwork at a doctors office do you put down that you smoke pot?

  71. I started skanking @12yrs now35. Everything goes nornal. Its worth more in giving me company than my wife. I like it for meditation.

  72. If someone is going to write an article for medical evaluation then there should be sources cited for the information that is being claimed. Also most of the credibility or at least the tone of the entire post was ruined once reading “if they government actually cared about our health”.

    • Because, of course the government cares about our health. That’s why they have installed ex-monsanto employees/monsanto advocates to run both the FDA and the usda (Taylor and Vilsak).

      The scientific credibility of this post comes from the credibility of Dr Tashkin – who appears in the videos. He was employed by the USG for over 30 years to find harm from marijuana. He finally came out in favor of legalization after failing to connect cancer or even COPD with cannabis smoking. He actually found that pot smokers have LESS head and neck cancers than those who don’t smoke at all.

  73. Check out this article I found. It breaks down exactly why tobacco smoke increases the risk of cancer and marijuana smoke doesn’t.
    Despite the fact they have many of the same carcinogenic ingredients, they don’t affect the brain in the same way. Two of the most interesting points to me were that nicotine keeps damaged cells from destroying themselves and THC inhibits the enzyme that is needed to activate some of the carcinogens. Lots of medical and chemical terminology, but you get the message. Also lists all references used. I’ve smoked almost daily for aprox. 15 yrs and I could still read, interpret and comprehend what the article was saying. Also like others posted, I graduated magna cum laude from college, so Hahahaha I guess I still have a few brain cells left ;)

    Interesting point being that this article is from 2005, so for at least 9 years they have had scientific proof of this, yet tobacco is still perfectly legal and marijuana isn’t!!?? Proof to me of the flawed system of a country that values its ridiculous laws based on preserving their racist ideals more than the value of human life.

  74. I too am very smart im a senior with a 3.73 GPA and i can say i smoke a good amount of weed i have noticed my short term memory has been affected but rarely soo im a non believer that my brain cells are killed

  75. “o 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.”

    -Don’t make me laugh. I’ve seen many cannabis addicts. Its not really the substance that is addictive but the “High” you get that is addictive. I have two cousins that are addicts and I see the effects from their cannabis abuse; ages 22 and 35. Immaturity, Slowed functions, Unable to think clearly, The capability to learn is also slowed. Even my mother was an addict in her early years. I know the effects because I’ve seen them through family members.

    You tell the positive but neglect to tell the negative possibility. This marijuana info is completely bias.

    • Addiction to cannabis rarely occurs because, in general, persons who have problems with drug addiction usually prefer more potent psychoactive drugs. When dronabinol was initially approved as a medication it was placed in Schedule II of the CSA. After several years on the market, it was down-regulated to Schedule III because of the lack of diversion and little evidence of addiction. Initially, animal studies are used to evaluate the abuse potential of drugs, with the understanding that these do not necessarily reflect similar outcomes in humans. It is important to note that numerous studies have concluded that while cannabis may produce a feeling of euphoria in humans, in general animals will not self-administer THC (DSM-R IV, 2000).

      In 1994 Jack E. Henningfield, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Neal L. Benowitz, of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), ranked six commonly used drugs by five criteria: withdrawal symptoms (dependence), reinforcement (craving), tolerance, dependence (addiction) potential, and intoxication. They ranked the six drugs from 1 as the most serious to 6 as the least serious. Cannabis (marijuana) was ranked lowest for withdrawal symptoms, tolerance, and dependence (addiction) potential; it ranked close to caffeine in the degree of reinforcement and higher than caffeine and nicotine only in the degree of intoxication (Henningfield and Benowitz, 1994).


  76. I live in Washington & we are lucky enough to have Analytical 360- a Cannabis testing lab that tests for potency, mold, bacteria & pesticides, which helps keeps patients who use medical marijuana from doing more damage to their bodies. Regulation & accountability are absolutely necessary for medical marijuana to work.

  77. I have 8 years smoking marijuana but i have not experienced any change or problems am one of the inteligent boys at school since from secondary level,wen i smoke cigarette i get pains.PLEASE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA u let us to cigarette tat is a poizen

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