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Study: Marijuana Doesn’t Harm Lung Function

Study: Marijuana Doesn’t Harm Lung Function

The result of a 20-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of California, San Francisco was released by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study sought to determine whether or not marijuana harms lung function.

The result suggests that smoking a joint once per week or even a little more than that does not harm the lungs. This study bolsters evidence that marijuana does not damage the lungs as tobacco apparently does.

The 20-year study is one of the longest and largest studies conducted on the health effects of marijuana. The authors still recommend “caution and moderation when marijuana use is considered.”

The findings strongly backup results in several other smaller studies that showed marijuana does not carry the same risks as tobacco for lung disease.

A marijuana researcher and an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of California, Dr. Donald Tashkin, says that THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, helps fight inflammation, and many believe that it is the THC in marijuana that makes it different from the harmful effects of tobacco.

The authors analyzed data from participants in a 20-year federally funded study in young adults that started in 1985. The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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