Marijuana isn't as harmful as some misinformed people may think. A recent study has concluded that moderate smokers of the sticky green herb don't experience adverse pulmonary effects. This literally busts the myth that smoking cannabis has the same effect on your lungs as smoking tobacco products.
The study was conducted by ??UCSF among over 5,000 men and women, concluded that even frequent marijuana use only gives slight reactions to your lungs, and even then the effects are temporary. The lead expert in this study, Dr. Mark Pletcher, revealed that even he was surprised by the study's findings.
"That was a little surprising to me, honestly. I thought we were going to find a small decline in pulmonary function, similar to what we'd find with tobacco."
It's been long believed (falsely) by medical professionals that simply because smoking tobacco is dangerous, then therefore smoking any other plant material must be hazardous to one's lungs as well. This is just simply false, and this study's findings go down as a huge win for supporters of the decriminalization of marijuana.
So does that mean marijuana is safe?
Well, the experts in this study are "reluctant" to deem cannabis a safe substance for occasional or moderate recreational use. However, it seems that the proof is in the pudding. For several years people have been miseducated to believe that marijuana is addictive, harmful and even a "narcotic," which it isn't. There are even some people today who believe you can overdose on cannabis, and still believe that there are documented deaths that are attributed to its use. There aren't.
Hopefully more of these myth-busting studies come out to educate the masses that weed really isn't the drug menace taking over the nation. Ignorance is a menace, not a plant that actually is proven to have therapeutic and medicinal qualities with nearly zero side-effects.
So now there are plenty of studies that point out blatantly that cannabis is in no way near as harmful as alcohol or tobacco products. Yet these products are legal and even used on a daily basis by some of the same people who try to further perpetuate the myths that marijuana is harmful, addictive or lending to violence and other falsities.
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