Pot Smokers Win Bragging Rights Over Cigarette Smokers


marijuanaThe health news for pot smokers just keeps getting better. Last week, researchers released a study concluding that occasional pot users suffered no long-term effects in terms of memory and mental function -- and in some cases actually scored better on memory tests than people who said they didn't touch the potent weed -- when they hit middle age. This week comes more research that'll tickle those who take an occasional toke -- and bring them even more bragging rights, especially over cigarette smokers: According to a long-term study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, low to moderate marijuana use has no significant negative effect on users' respiratory health, especially not when compared to regular tobacco use.

Yep, according to the latest research, smoking two or three joints a month isn't nearly as bad for your lungs as puffing your way through eight or nine cigarettes a day.

Are all you Mary Jane fans done laughing and coughing and laughing and coughing yet? Way to hog all the good health news, pot lovers!

Far be it from me to harsh your buzz, but I do have to wonder what's going on here. I mean, holy smokes, two heavyweight studies patting marijuana users on the backs (and endorsing their brains and lungs) in two weeks? Are the pot-smoking research grad students of the world trying to prove a point? If so, they seem to be succeeding.

Of course, experts have been quick to point out that long-term marijuana use can have other ill effects: addiction, impaired driving, and the like. Nevertheless, proponents of legalizing marijuana are basking in the (fragrant) waves of good news. And who can blame them? The evidence -- at least from a health standpoint -- does seem to be stacking up in their direction.

Do the results of these recent studies change your perspective on pot use?


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momav... momavanessa

No I still think it is disgusting!  Put it this way I live in CA where you need a Prescription to smoke it legally. 99% of the Potheads I know or met made up a health problem to get one and just pay the 60 to 100 bucks to get the year long script.  Oh and the 2 to 3 joints a month thing is crazy because they smoke 3 to 5 joints a day if not more!!  I never ever want to be addicted to that stuff or any other drug for that matter!

hotic... hoticedcoffee

So, it took a study to conclude 2 or 3 joints a month is less detrimental to your health than 240-270 cigarettes in a month?  You found this worth writing about?

godde... goddess99

I don't have any respect for people who smoke pot.

ceciliam ceciliam

No. Bottom line is, it's still illegal.

I'm not a drinker, smoker or drug user....I prefer to be healthy.

nonmember avatar AI

People seem to be surprised that pot isn't really all that bad. I don't do it, but I've seen more harm from drinkers and tobacco users than I ever have in pot users. To whoever said pot smokers go through 3-5 joints a day, you must know some really hard core pot heads with no jobs. From what my friends/acquaintances who smoke/smoked tell me, a few hits lasts an hour or two. 3-5 joints would keep someone too high to get up off the couch all day. There's a lot of misinformation out there about marijuana. In my eyes, it's no worse than drinking or using tobacco (in some cases better). As long as someone isn't high at work or while operating machinery, it's fine by me.

cocob... cocobeannns

This isn't new news. If anyone's ever researched the topic, they would've already known that. I wrote my senior project essay on this exact debate almost ten years ago. It's been known for a long time that cigarette use is far more harmful to your body than occasional marijuana use.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

I feel like it's not fair to compare daily use of anything to occassionaly use of anything else. I guess this questions why one is legal and one is illegal and thats a good question but being the "lesser of two evils" isn't a reason to support something...

Azkad... Azkadelia72711

Pot may be illegal, but how many people has it harmed? Very VERY few, if any. Compare that to alcohol and cigarettes. Illegal or not, its safer. I refuse to believe there is any type of addiction to marijuana. Its all in people's head(s). I smoked for years, and had NO problem quitting once I got pregnant. I also do not have any 'craving' for it like most drug addicts do for the drugs they have kicked. Let people smoke pot, if you don't like it, don't be around it.

LikeA... LikeAVirgin

I have to laugh at everyone who says they have no respect for pot users. So does that mean you run background checks on every single person you have respect for, just so you can be assured that they have NEVER smoked weed? Oh please. Grow up.

And like other people have already said, the fact that cigarettes are more harmful than marijuana is not even news.



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