Breathe easy… fire up a joint

January 12, 2012

Light to moderate smoking of marijuana might not have any injurious effects on lung health, and may actually improve lung capacity, a new study by scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham contends. [Reuters]

Dr. Stefan Kertesz, who worked on the new study, said that while previous studies by others have hinted that limited pot use is not particularly damaging to the lungs, this most recent analysis suggests that certain medical benefits are undeniable.

“It’s a very real increase… but it’s so small that I don’t think that a person would feel a benefit in terms of their breathing,” Kertesz said. “Is this a real increase in lung health? That’s the other question. We don’t know exactly what’s happening inside all of the airways of the individuals who are measured.”

A long-term study of more than 5,000 young adults in Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis and Birmingham formed the basis for the study’s conclusions.



  1. my2cents says:

    So sad!!

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  2. Slowerfaster says:

    What are we talking about ???

    oh yeah… My name is BOB.

    B… uh … O….
    and …uhhh

    Oh yeah, B. B…
    and , uhhhh YEAH…BOB !

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  3. ds_gray says:

    Quoting from the original Reuters article;
    “While marijuana smoke has a lot of the same toxins as cigarette smoke, he added, people who use pot tend to smoke fewer joints each day than tobacco users smoke cigarettes. That and the method of inhaling may offer some relative lung protection, researchers have proposed;”

    The article also pointed out that due to the nature of the typical smoking method used for marijuana, the study participants may simply be more able to breathe deeply.

    The difference was no more than 50mL of additional exhale capacity between the pot smokers and non-smokers, or a whopping 8 percent best-case.

    Take a single hit of albuterol and you can do better than that! Without seeing actual study data, its hard to say, but I suspect the reported ‘improvement’ falls far short of the headline hype.

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  4. rogerfreberg says:

    Don’t you love researchers… they give you what yo want to hear.

    Years ago I wanted to look at certain food preferences and I asked my marketing research guy how to do this… he answered,”what do you want to prove?” Wrong answer.

    So many researchers have been proven wrong lately… proven to falsify their data… or have some sort of agenda that doesn’t look at the issue honestly. Personally, I had always HOPED that red wine actually helped you… but did you read the latest about the researcher that did all the studies??

    I am sure that this research holds to the same high standards.

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    • asthecrowphlies says:

      You see what you want to see . You hear what you want to hear . This guy is trying to connect bad/ambiguous wine studies to this pot smoking study . At this time , they are completely unrelated . Also , there are no studies , so far , to rebut this more recent smoking pot study . FINE ! Studies show , intoxicated people should not drive cars , but that doesn’t mean orange juice is bad for you .

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    • standup says:

      Yeah Rodger just like the FDA approving drugs that completely screw you up since big pharma donates to all the election campaigns of the liars that run our government. You are one of THEM.

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      Roger is once again …WRONG !!!!!

      A tool, no more . no less.

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    • willie says:


      This is an excellent reminder, especially in this age of information, persuations and advertisement, to never believe all of what you hear and only half of what you see with your own eyes, I remember it once said that only 10% of truth is needed to convince or bait many to a lie.
      This applies to both side of any controvery or debate.

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  5. Ted Slanders says:

    Christians are all required to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us, regardless of our national identity (Matthew 25:13-30). This includes our earthly bodies as temples of Christ. Smoking this Devil Weed is an extremely effective way to destroy your health, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well!

    All TRUE Christians, of which this forum is lacking, remember the Apostolic exhortations to remain sober-minded and alert (1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8; 2 Timothy 4:5; 1 Peter 1:13; 4:7; 5:8) are designed to remind us that we must be vigilant against the will of the Devil (1 Peter 5:8), who seeks to ensnare us through deception. Sobriety is also important for prayer (1 Peter 4:7), as is obedience to God (Isaiah 1:10-17).

    As Christians, we’re not to pollute or harm our bodies because if we do, it is to desecrate the House of God! (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

    Once again, the pseudo-christian defies our Christian God if they smoke Mary Jane! But, what’s new with you pseudo-christians, you want your cake and eat it too! lol You’ll pay upon Judgment Day!

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    • eradicate ignorance says:

      I might pay on Judgement Day but I will just numb the pain with a big fat doobie.

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        eradicate ignorance,

        Despicable! You’ll pay for that Devil Weed Doobie with Jesus’ Second Coming, first by smelling the sulfur lakes of HELL upon your demise, and then by being immersed within them for your final judgment!

        Regarding the Second Coming of Jesus, His loving nature will have people killed by fire, plagues, and beasts. There will be dead bodies rotting, unburied everywhere. Those that are not killed by Jesus (TRUE Christians) will “rejoice over them (nonchristians) and make merry, and shall send gifts to one another.” (Rev.11:5-10)

        If Cindy ever turns into a TRUE Christian, I wonder what gift I will receive from her? Time will only tell.

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        • eradicate ignorance says:

          Sulfur Lakes…I don’t mind the heat, it’s a dry heat, it is the rotten eggs smell that bothers me. Maybe a little Vicks Vapor Rub under the nostrils will do the trick.

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          • Ted Slanders says:

            eradicate ignorance,

            If you know you’re going to depart this world, I would suggest that you get yourself sized for an asbestos suit! Vicks Vapor Rub will not do the trick where you’re going! I would suggest a clothes pin or something equal in closing off your nostrils.

            Vicks? LOL What a maroon. :(

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        • standup says:

          Here you go again ripping on Cindy. Ted, you should have stared in reefer madness, the wonderful propaganda thanks to Dupont, Hearst and Co. Why don’t you step forward and donate your entire income to the ridiculous, loser called the war on drugs. I would be curious to know how many times in the past year you have eaten fast food at McDonalds, etc. THAT will surely kill you faster than smoking the DEVIL’S WEED. What do you think of Jefferson, Washington and Lincoln? I appreciate what those great men did for our country and our freedom, not you ignorant rhetoric. As said in the Bible, “Use all the plants, etc.” or something like that. Well, I will thank you.

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          • Ted Slanders says:


            Use all of the plants? Do you want to use poison mushrooms?

            Uh, leave the bible passages and context to me, okay? Thank you.

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            • standup says:

              Well Teddy, some poisons from plants used to be used on the spear tips for hunting way back when. Small amounts of poisonous mushrooms were once used in religious ceremonies. And yes Ted, many have used “magic mushrooms” which are semi-poisonous.

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    • CA Native says:


      “On Judgement Day, many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ ~Matthew 7:22-23

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      • Ted Slanders says:

        CA Native,

        Yep, this passage refers to the pseudo-christian faction that THINKS they’re heaven bound! Nope, they will have the trap doors to Hell sprung beneath them as they take the one-way E-ticket ride to HELL, praise our God’s revengeful nature!

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    • Spirit Filled says:

      I love God with my heart and soul. Every part of my being longs for him. I even love you right now. Every day is judgement day. Are you prepared! God Bless

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  6. Typoqueen says:

    I’m all for complete legalization of pot but I find it hard to believe that smoking anything doesn’t cause lung damage. That’s why people that use it need to either use a vaporizer or edibles. I’m sure that everyone my age as seen people take a big hit and then cough and cough when it expands in their lungs, that can’t be good. But they’re my lungs, let me do what I want with them.

    I wonder why there’s so few really good studies regarding pot. They study the heck out of coffee, wine, sugar etc but there really aren’t that many good studies when it comes to pot.

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    • jimmy_me says:

      In theory, the primary use of edibles and vaporizers is for users who required larger doses. A few puffs here and there is much less of an issue. On a related note, on any cold evening in Los Osos, I find it hard to be outside for more than a few minutes due to the low air quality caused by people and their fireplaces. I know for a fact that one of my neighbors burns plywood, painted wood, and treated wood; I wonder if there are studies done on the afftects of fireplace smoke.

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      • Typoqueen says:

        Whose theory is that, I haven’t heard it (not that I’m an authority)? Although the use of vapos is fairly new (as far as I know) edibles have been around forever. You still get the same THC in your system but as far as vapos go you just don’t do as much, it’s cleaner and it’s easier on your lungs. The buzz with edibles last longer but it’s still the same substance, plus you kill two birds with one stone, getting high with your munchies all at once (JK on the last part).

        I’m sure that wood fireplaces are bad for your lungs, especially as you said if they’re using treated wood. I do believe that there are studies on that, if I had more time I’d Google that. I know that when fighting the dune dust issue that open fires on the Mesa and fireplaces were in dispute regarding whether that was why people MIGHT be getting more lung issues up there. Apparently they have open burn laws and a lot of fireplaces.

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    • Slowerfaster says:

      Few really good studies on POT ?

      Well, DUH ! The ‘studiers’ all get high, and then can’t remember !
      DUH !

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      • Typoqueen says:

        If you can remember doing the study then you weren’t really there.

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        • Slowerfaster says:

          Whaa,,aah ..WHAT ?

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          • Typoqueen says:

            You must not be old enough to remember the saying, ‘if you remember the 60’s then you weren’t really there’ in regards to getting high….never mind, it was goofy.

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    • tomjones says:

      There are few studies on pot in the United States because it is basically illegal to do so – one must gain approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to study – something they have yet to grant to anybody. All pot studies in the US are epidemiological studies – looking at the health of long-term users. But one cannot study pot directly. For example, clinical trials or direct analysis cannot be done – it is effectively illegal in the US given the DEA’s record.

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      • Typoqueen says:

        I’ve heard that explanation before. I believe you but it still doesn’t make sense. Welcome to the USA.

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    • standup says:

      Miss Typo, as we have not agreed on some topics as you well know, we are reading the same piece of music here. Thank you and God bless.

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      • Slowerfaster says:

        READ: standup is a libertarian that is a FASCIST REPUBLICAN that still wants to get HIGH and get LAID !

        Ba -Dump bump!!!

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        • standup says:

          Read: Slowerfaster is an asshole, punk. You don’t even know me loser.

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  7. my2cents says:

    So it benefits the lungs in moderation, yet ciggerettes are legal and kill hundreds every year. This just doesnt make sense.

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    • pasowino says:

      I’m sure you meant “thousands” every year. Per the CDC, 443,000 people die prematurely each year due to smoking cigarettes.

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  8. standup says:

    Take that DEA you bunch of morons.

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  9. danika says:

    Good news to those who fight the fight to legalize marijuana use.

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