New Study Finds Smoking Marijuana Has No Proven Link To Lung Cancer

In case marijuana advocates needed something else to celebrate after today’s legalization in Maine, a new academic report that was just published has some very good news for marijuana users. The study examined over 10,000 other studies and combined their findings to come to more definitive conclusions. Those conclusions confirmed that marijuana is an effective pain reliever, marijuana is not a gateway drug, among other findings.

The study only focused on the abstracts of papers published since 1999. It was conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and featured nearly 100 conclusions about marijuana use based on the findings. The conclusions in the 395-page report ranged from good to very bad, and included:

  • Marijuana is an effective treatment for chronic pain
  • Marijuana does not appear to be a gateway drug
  • There does not appear to be any connection between marijuana use and lung cancer or head and neck cancers
  • Marijuana can’t treat cancer
  • Longterm Marijuana use can cause social anxiety disorders and trigger schizophrenia
  • Cannabis use increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents

So if you’re planning on lighting up, consider checking the results to see what you’re really doing to your body and brain. Nothing in the studies was able to show a difference between pipes, bongs, blunts, papers or any other method of getting high.

This article initially appeared in Esquire.

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  1. Jaimie-Lyn Oldfield says:

    While I can appreciate the fact they are trying to really get to the bottom of things.

    I feel that going over thousands of other reports and academic papers and simply combining them to draw a base line on these issues isn’t the best method.

    I teach my students to think critically when they research for their essays and reports.
    They need to look into the author’s credibility by determining the following;
    authority(what’s their expertise, and who are they associated/affiliated with?), audience (who was the report directed towards, any certain political, ethnicity, gender, social grouping?), biases (Is the report objective or does it have a particular slant or predispose? Was it designed to sway opinion), Currency of the studies used( are the studies up to date, have their been better advances, tools, tests that do a better prediction since the original report came out), and lastly the scope ( was it a superficial report i.e. 1-2 pages, or in-depth. Are statistics and sources cited properly, and did they dig deeper into the citations to make sure they were also without bia/affiliation, etc, is the information given unique and not found anywhere else?).

    Were these steps all taken to pinpoint the best paper/report/info to be used for this?

    I don’t believe that this new report will have any real value unless all steps were taken to ensure that the info examined and used went through the prior stated steps of criticism.

    I myself am for the legalization of Marijuana. So even I would be seen as possibly having a bit of bias. It’s hard not to. However, I remain unconvinced on several claims of what Marijuana can and can’t do. I’m interested to find out the truth, so that others can make proper health decisions for themselves.
    Can it cure cancer, epilepsy, and other disorders? Does it help with cognitive impairments? Does it cause psychosis? Alleviate pain and other suffering?
    I’m not sure.

    However, I feel there are cases out there in the medical world claiming it can or cannot do these things that need to be looked into further and really studied before we can make such a claim of what it does.There’s nothing to gain from lying to cancer patients and stating that it can cure their cancer(though much to lose, such as their lives for trying a “cure” with no real value), or from telling a person not to consume it for their pain because it doesn’t work, when really It just might(Many physicians are still not on board with Medical Marijuana and so would sooner Rx Opioids for the pain instead of Cannabis sadly enough).
    Pain is subjective, and everyone feels/experiences it differently. So while it may work for one person, I can see how it wouldn’t for another. We should look further into WHY that is, what’s happening in patient A that’s different from Patient B. Perhaps A struggles with the dogma of “smoking weed” due to being taught early on that is was bad. So they maybe unable to relax and let the marijuana run its course anxiety free. B might have grown up believing it wasn’t so taboo and thus is able to relax and not focus on negative thoughts that impede the experience. That’s not the marijuana it’s self. That’s something more. All bases need to be covered and looked into critically for any actual proof (positive or negative)on the subject.

    We really need to look further into these sorts of individual situations and do so with an openmind.
    I believe with further objective studies we can really pinpoint how it can be beneficial to others, as well as how it may not be.

    I think we should leave all “older” reports and studies off the table at this point and start fresh. With a perspective that’s fresh, unbiased and with nothing to gain other than answering the medical science questions at hand.

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