This just in – the dirty hippies were right all along…

Via Aminda R. Courtwright
on Jan 10, 2012
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So Waylon Brings this little tidbit to my attention in an FB conversation:

 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.

This from The Daily What – Legalize it of the day. 

The study, published today in the the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked 5,000 individuals across 20 years, and compared their usage of marijuana and tobacco to their health stats.

Cigarette smokers saw a considerable loss in lung function over time, but participants who smokes marijuana as often as once a day for seven years saw no change.

Additionally, no harmful effects were recorded in individuals who smoked marijuana occasionally for longer.

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.

He did note that the increase was not enough to “make you feel better,” but, then again, if you’re smoking marijuana, chances are you’re already feeling pretty great.

But see I don’t need any more reasons to believe the ban on marijuana, ganja, cannabis is insane….but Alright you say so what — just because it doesn’t hurt your lungs and might even “gasp” (pun intended) help your lungs that is no reason to legalize it, it is still a psychotropic and does bad things…well how about them apples…

Or how about something like this…


How long do we keep this healing plant out of our hands? How long do we believe the propaganda that it is bad and wrong and evil?

And huh yeah some of this…because it’s really interesting 🙂


Cannabis is indigenous to Central and South Asia.[77] Evidence of the inhalation of cannabis smoke can be found in the 3rd millennium BC, as indicated by charred cannabis seeds found in a ritual brazier at an ancient burial site in present day Romania.[7] In 2003, a leather basket filled with cannabis leaf fragments and seeds was found next to a 2,500- to 2,800-year-old mummified shaman in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.[78][79] Cannabis is also known to have been used by the ancient Hindus of India and Nepal thousands of years ago. The herb was called ganjika in Sanskrit (गांजा/গাঁজা ganja in modern Indic languages).[80][81] The ancient drug soma, mentioned in the Vedas, was sometimes associated with cannabis.[82]

noun   (potent form of cannabis)
Word origin: 19th century: from Hindi gājā, from Sanskrit grñja




About Aminda R. Courtwright

Aminda is a wellness facilitator and founder of ARCreated Wellness, LLC. A yoga teacher, transpersonal hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master, she shares her own healing journey with others in hopes of inspiring and uplifting those she meets. Her yoga classes are gentle and workshop style to invoke a real sense of learning and designed to be truly accessible for all levels. Her biggest hope is to help others take their yoga practice off the mat and into everyday life where it is truly meant to be experienced. (and can be most useful) Refusing to settle into the middle path just yet she prefers to dally on both edges and can be seen swinging right and leaning left. A devoted animal lover and activist and a humanist she is prone to rants and believes strongly that life is to be savored and that “we are all in this together, shouldn’t we enjoy it that way? “ When she isn’t teaching yoga, hypnotizing people, adoring her husband or doting on her grandson she is out riding her motorcycle—promoting the image that yogis are rebels and are a force to be reckoned with! You can also find her on Facebook. To join her for free classes online follow her here.


2 Responses to “This just in – the dirty hippies were right all along…”

  1. ARCreated says:

    I never thought I'd throw myself out there as a cannabis supporter but there you have it…

  2. Nice! I think I'm all done on that front, but nice to know it's better than tobacco!