Study: Smoking (Pot) is Good for You.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 10, 2012
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…Smoking pot, that is.

Daily What: A 20-year, federally funded study conducted jointly by researchers at UCSF and UAB found that smoking marijuana once a week, or even once a day in some instances, did no long-term damage to the lungs.

While I’ve written before about how pot is bad for our minds, from a Buddhist pov, I certainly am alllll for it getting further fully legalized. It gets smoked either way, it’s not bad for anyone (just ask Ben Harper), it doesn’t cause the aggression that drinking does…and this way we get to tax it and keep it safe and away from schools, and it’s huge for our economy (I should know: it’s been huge for us in Colorado).

One concern: it’s not great for those still developing (you know, children). >>> Ayurveda: Health Pros & Cons of Marijuana.


According to the study’s authors, one possible explanation for the results may be THC — the active ingredient in marijuana. The compound is known to combat inflammation, and may be responsible for offsetting irritants that cause lung problems.

Dr. Stefan Kertesz, the study’s co-author, also posits that an unintended side-effect of marijuana usage is the strengthening lung tissue as a result of breathing deeply during inhalation.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, researchers found that pot smoking might actually improve lung function. “At levels of marijuana exposure commonly seen in Americans, occasional marijuana use was associated with increases in lung air flow rates and increases in lung capacity,” Kertesz said.

For the rest, click over to The Daily What.




About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to “Study: Smoking (Pot) is Good for You.”

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  3. Jac Vidgen says:

    As a teacher of Buteyko’s method of breathing reconditioning, I can assure you that THC has a vessel dilatory effect – which means it increases ventilation (which is why it may show improvement in that very flawed ‘lung function’ test). This is a problem in modern society – where most people already breathe about twice as much as they should. The immune system must eventually be compromised. I’ve been teaching people to breathe less for the past 18 years – and have assisted thousands of people to reverse many symptoms and chronic health problems – and thus live with significantly less need for medications. As pleasant as THC may be for the brain, it is certainly not supportive of long-term overall health.

  4. Dee says:

    Smoking pot is extremely dangerous for people who have a tendency towards psychosis. It saddens me that there is no education about this fact and so many young people end up experiencing a lifetime of suffering and being disadvantaged in society because of mental illness. I worked in a rehabilitation center for many years with young people with mental illness, and 9 out of 10 of those people experienced an illness precipitated by smoking pot. This doesn't mean that pot is dangerous for everyone by any means, but it is very dangerous if the propensity for mental illness is in a person's genes or psychological makeup. Therefore making general statements about the safety of marijuana is irresponsible. There needs to be much more openness and education about drugs from both sides of the debate about their legality.

  5. Lizzy says:

    I echo Dee's comment. I agree that for most people, pos is pretty safe. However, for people with extreme mental imbalance — a rising number — smoking pot can trigger severe psychotic states. It's a powerful substance. In my case, it led to a violent attack by my schizophrenic brother. His use of pot has triggered his psychosis numerous times.

  6. EBlue says:

    It is a DRUG.

    I say legalize ALL drugs but just know that weed is psychologically and slightly physically addictive.

  7. bill says:

    I'm smoking nightly, every night, to offset neuropathic pain. I have no research data to educate me about
    the impact on cognitive functioning, though I strongly suspect that my short term recall
    is negatively impacted. Permanent or temporary?

    The real crime is that our government is not doing quality research. The goals should be
    to educate others about their choices and to develop pain medication.

    The title of this article lacks restraint and it is why I will not be a member. I hope my wife is not.
    She falls for this kind of shallow validation.

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  12. Roadnurse says:

    From what I understand the reason being is that the newer strains are much different than from the 70's. It's the THC makeup that makes the difference and this is a problem for those with a genetic factor that can predispose them to develop schizophrenia. It can also be self medicating for when these individuals are trying to calm the mental illness symptoms down. I think for youth under the age of 25 it's risky because the frontal lobe of the brain is still pairing down neurons, and strengthening pathways. This particular area of the brain is responsible for executive decision making which explains why youth take more risks, and have a sense of immortality. It is another time of rapid brain growth. Until they are absolutely positive that it doesn't affect their brains, I think better to avoid it if possible at least until they are 25. To me it's like giving a 2 yr old pot, a time when the brain growth is exponential. Why mess with that. But then again, a lot of teens aren't going to listen to that due to their yet to be developed executive functions! 😉