Thursday, May 25, 2006

Weed + Cancer

So there was a study done at UCLA, and it turns out that heavy marijuana use does not increase risk of lung cancer. I found this very surprising, because almost everyone that I know that smokes weed does not use filters (like cigarettes), and they also tend to inhale and hold, which really doesn't seem healthy.

So anyway, here is the link to the story in Scientific American.


I don't really care either way, because I don't particularly like weed. However, this sentence in the last paragraph caught my eye.

The study does not reveal how marijuana avoids causing cancer. Tashkin speculates that perhaps the THC chemical in marijuana smoke prompts aging cells to die before becoming cancerous.

I can't imagine anything that could possibly be more ironic than the thought that the cure for cancer might be smoking weed.


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