Skip to comments.'More tar' in cannabis than cigarettes
Posted on 03/26/2006 3:18:10 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
SMOKING three cannabis joints will cause you to inhale the same amount of toxic chemicals as a whole packet of cigarettes, according to research published in France today.
Cannabis smoke contains seven times more tar and carbon monoxide, the French National Consumers' Institute concluded in research published in the April edition of its monthly magazine.
The institute tested regular Marlboro cigarettes alongside 280 specially rolled joints of cannabis leaves and resin in an artificial smoking machine.
The tests examined the content of the smoke for tar and carbon monoxide, as well as for the toxic chemicals nicotine, benzene and toluene.
"Cannabis smoke contains seven times more tar and carbon monoxide than tobacco smoke," the institute's magazine says.
Someone smoking a joint of cannabis resin rolled with tobacco will inhale twice the amount of benzene and three times as much toluene as if they were smoking a regular cigarette, the study says.
Smokers of pure cannabis leaves will also inhale more of these chemicals than from a normal cigarette, though the amount varies depending on the quantities.
"Smoking three joints every day which is becoming frequent makes you run the same risks of cancer or cardio-vascular diseases as smoking a packet of cigarettes," the magazine says.
Cannabis is "by far" the most popular illicit drug in France, it says. The number of cigarette smokers and people drinking alcohol fell in 2005, while the number of cannabis users has increased in France in the past five years.
Couldn't you avoid those dangers by eating marijuana instead of smoking it?
We need to put better filters on those joints.
Or use a bong....
Here is an added feature, lots of time after law enforcement sprays it to kill the plants it is harvested and sold, agent orange and all.
How about avoiding marijuana instead of smoking it? Reduces all the associated risks to zero.
Abstinence - works every time!
Wonder what it would be like to have a government that treated us as adults...
No one has ever proved that the tars in cannabis cause cancer.
No one has ever proved that anyone has ever dies from using cannabis in the history of the world.
A 1997 UCLA School of Medicine study (Volume 155 of the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine) conducted on 243 marijuana smokers over an 8-year period reported the following: "Findings from the long-term study of heavy, habitual marijuana smokers argue against the concept that continuing heavy use of marijuana is a significant risk factor for the development of chronic lung disease." "Neither the continuing nor the intermittent marijuana smokers exhibited any significantly different rates of decline in lung function as compared with those individuals who never smoked marijuana." The study concluded: "No differences were noted between even quite heavy marijuana smoking and nonsmoking of marijuana."
Marijuana does not impair long-term memory. Marijuana does not lead to harder drugs. Marijuana does not cause brain damage, genetic damage, or damage the immune system. Unlike alcohol, marijuana does not kill brain cells or induce violent behavior. Continuous long-term smoking of marijuana can cause bronchitis, but the chance of contracting bronchitis from casual marijuana smoking is minuscule. Respiratory health hazards can be totally eliminated by consuming marijuana via non-smoking methods, i.e., ingesting marijuana via baked foods, tincture, or vaporizer.
My recollection is that one doesn't normally smoke three joints a day. I understand that current varieties are much more potent.
It would be more useful to compare the effects on the typical smoker of one, versus the other.
ANNUAL AMERICAN DEATHS CAUSED BY DRUGS
TOBACCO ........................ 400,000
ALCOHOL ........................ 100,000
ALL LEGAL DRUGS ................ 20,000
ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS .............. 15,000
CAFFEINE ....................... 2,000
ASPIRIN ........................ 500
MARIJUANA ...................... 0
Here's another pot thread for you fWO(s)D cheerleaders.
It's easy to check out this allegation---simply open up the torso of a dead pot smoker and look at his/her lungs. If they are anything like those of a tobacco smoker, they will be black. Saw one set of lungs like that once and it cured me of any idea I might want to try smoking. PS: The guy who had used those lungs died at 42 with lung cancer.
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Smoking three joints in a day would be like drinking a case of beer in a day. I recommend neither.
Read it carefully. They're talking about hash, not plain cannabis.
Yes,and i'm sure its mostly pot smokers who are always pushing for a smoke free environment!Hypocrites.
That is correct. A person with glaucoma would smoke approximately 8-10 joints per day.
Maybe they should make them illegal. Get those numbers back up.
Here's a thought - why don't we just let adults do whatever they want - as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else?
If I want to come home from a long day's work & get drunk, high, eat candy - or just lay on the couch & watch TV - who's business is it to anyone else?
Not enough information in this survey. One joint can be potent enough for 1-6 people depending on the size and potency. Way too much wiggle room for an accurate result.
Pot smokers don't add resin to joints. This study was flawed from the get go.
Where do you get that idea?
But it'll get you way higher.
They obviously tried to get the highest (ha) results as possible. I can only wonder how big those joints they tested were. Cheech and Chong size, probably.
Oh, but dope toxins are good for you. Just ask FR's resident dope fan club.
"...its well known that smoking marijuana can reduce pressure within the eye, a hallmark of the disease. But the drug may also reduce the blood supply to the optic nerve - the last thing a glaucoma sufferer needs - and it doesnt seem to prevent blindness. Even if marijuana could save eyes, smoking it enough would take extraordinary effort. In order to substantially reduce eye pressure, says Dr. Harry Quigley of John Hopkins Universitys Wilmer Eye Institute, youd have to be stoned all the time."
-- Can Marijuana be Medicine?, Newsweek, February 3, 1997)
Strawmen are good for you too.
....filled with crushed ice.
No one has ever died from a black widow spider bite, either. Plenty of people, however, have died from complications caused by a black widow spider bite.
Well, alicewonders, it turns out that people don't do that. They're out and about doing drugs, and 1.5 million of them are arrested every year.
The marijuana spontaneously cures any side effects form the toxins.
For now, let's just forget about pot as medicine - I prefer it's use for recreation & relaxation. Why should that be a problem?
And nobody ever dies from speeding. You see, the sudden stops are a different matter.
"The marijuana spontaneously cures any side effects form the toxins".
Either you can't spell or you don't know how to use the spellcheck feature.
Ah yes, there will always be those that get out of line & mess it up for the rest of us. Maybe we should just concern ourselves with those people & leave the other non-troublemakers alone?
Or my pothead opponent is running on empty.
Yep. They actually prevent cancer. And people smoking pot drive better, too. And George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew pot and sat around and smoked it (with the slaves they owned).
These lies make Reefer Madness look like a Discovery Channel documentary.
And I've never seen a cigarette smoker use a pair of tweezers to smoke a cigarette down to the last molecule (where all the good pot toxins are, of course, concentrated).
After the Supreme Court finds that the FAA is unconstitutional, maybe California should require commercial airline pilots to get loaded before taking off.
Or save roaches to build a new joint out of.
I didn't see 8-10 joints underlined there, sport.
If legalizing pot for adults resulted in a doubling of teen use, would you still favor legalization?
This study proves further that marijuana should be decriminalized, taxed and regulated.
How is a standard prerolled Marlboro Red cigarette a fair comparison to a unfiltered handrolled marijuana cigarette?
Take 20 full strength Drum hand rolled cigarettes without a filters and then compare it to 20 full strength hand rolled marijuana cigarettes without filters.
If marijuana was regulated and taxed:
1. major tobacco would immediately put their decades of growing experience to use to create commercially viable low thc low tar variants of cannabis.
2. major tobacco companies would create new filters specifically for marijuana cigarettes.
3. Tar levels would substantially decrease as a result, and tobacco/marijuana blends would become more popular in the States, similar to street usage in Europe/Japan.
(this post was made out of nostalgia for the old FR WOD threads)
Dopers would use filters?
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