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Unhealthy Weed Toxins Results in Bullous Lung Condition

Though many are curious about the effects of weed on cancer, another form of physical trauma is much more likely to occur when smoking. This damage takes the form of lung disease and more specifically bullous emphysema.

Bullous emphysema is a serious disease that debilitates lung capacity and function. The extreme temperatures and prolonged inhalation of weed smoke both lead to a rapid erosion of lung wall linings. This erosion reduces the lung’s elasticity and results in less oxygen available inside the bloodstream. This will be most evident in shortness of breath and increased risk of infection.

A study published in the January 2008 issue of Respirology titled “Bullous Lung Disease due to Marijuana” further details this issue. A team led by Dr. Matthew Naughton wanted to examine the negative effects of weed smoke on the respiratory system.

One significant fact they revealed was marijuana smokers will establish bullous lung disease much sooner than tobacco smokers. The mean age for developing such a disease in weed users was 41 years old while tobacco users was 65 years old, a massive 24 year difference! As stated earlier, this was attributed to cannabis smoke being inhaled at a much higher temperature and held in the lungs for a longer period of time.

Another troubling discovery they made was that bullous lung disease often goes undetected. Lung function and X-rays may appear completely normal while high resolution CT scans tell a completely different story of serious lung damage.

The reassuring idea behind all of this is that this type of lung disease is completely preventable. Because the problem is attributed to the smoke itself and not the marijuana, by cutting out the smoke, you cut out the damage.

Eliminating the toxic smoke problem takes a process called vaporization. I am a strong advocate of vaporization as it allows users to receive the positive benefits of THC without having to damage their lungs along the way.

Vaporization works by heating marijuana to the appropriate level which allows the THC to essentially steam out and be released through vapor without causing the organic green matter to combust. This greatly reduces heat and carcinogenic levels of the inhaled matter.

I will continue to post articles that outline the negative effects of weed on the lungs and respiratory system. Through my research, I have found deterioration of lung tissue to be the most common and hazardous risk of smoking marijuana. If you want to learn more about the topic of vaporization, please visit The Effect of Weed Network’s vaporization page.

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The Positive Effects of Weed Upon Appetite Amongst Cancer Sufferers

One of the most easily observed and accepted effects of weed on the body is a stimulation of appetite. This effect has been documented empirically throughout multiple civilizations for centuries. Only in the last few decades have scientists been able to start identifying the process taking place within our bodies that causes this reaction. This process is a stimulation of our internal cannabinoid system through the consumption of phytocannabinoids, mainly THC.

For most people, an increased appetite is a non-issue at its worst, but for others it can have positive effects on nutritional health and dramatically increase quality of life. The specific group I am referring to is users of medical marijuana for the treatment of cancer-related symptoms. Whether the patient’s appetite has been decreased directly from cancer or whether chemotherapy is the main culprit, revitalizing it through the consumption of marijuana can be of immense relief to cancer sufferers.

The Endocannabinoid System

Within the human body is a system that has garnered a significant amount of research in recent years, the endocannabinoid system. This system is a lot like the opioid system, which has been under study for a long time as well, in that it runs throughout the body and provides a multitude of benefits including pain relief and mood control when active.

Our bodies can use this system through its own creation of cannabinoids, and it does this naturally when a certain need arises that the cannabinoid system can fill. However, it can also be activated through synthesization of external cannabinoids, or more specifically, phytocannabinoids. Cannabis is known to be densely concentrated in these highly effective cannabinoids with the main active chemical being THC.

Effectiveness for Cancer Patients

There are numerous studies that surround the positive effects of weed on cancer patients, but I want to focus on one in particular published in Annals of Oncology on Feb 2011. This study focused on changes in appetite and quality of life (QOL) in patients who used medical marijuana versus a placebo.

The results were relatively unsurprising and mainly helped to confirm previously observable behavior, that is that weed can be a powerful booster of appetite. Caloric intake was relatively unaffected, but patients asserted that the food they ate “tasted better” and this allowed them to eat foods that were otherwise undesirable before, especially meats and proteins. These findings were documented as increases in QOL.

Additionally, the research showed that sleep and relaxation were also increased in marijuana users, which is also a significant increase in QOL. However, there was no indication as to whether these increases were due to the cannabis or more complete nutrition due to a healthier appetite.

Yet Another Benefit of Marijuana

Marijuana has been a haven for many who suffer from lack of appetite and malnourishment, and the research here further backs what can be seen through the lens of common sense. As scientists continue to focus on the effects of weed on the body, they are sure to uncover more rewarding discoveries that will help modern medicine better treat the sufferers of debilitating diseases such as cancer. I hope you will continue with me in my conversation regarding what the impact of weed truly is on individuals and society.

 

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Surveys Demonstrate Harmful Effects of Weed Smoke on Lungs

Anyone who smokes any substance at all will be able to describe without hesitation the discomfort and pain that is associated with inhaling combusted matter. Often the most noticeable agitation that occurs when smoking marijuana is indeed throat and lung irritation.

Quite a lot of research has been conducted to determine the effects of weed smoke on the respiratory system. The purpose of these studies is to precisely determine what is going on inside the body when smoke is inhaled and what sort of consequences this practice may present.

Studies Show Weed Smoke Wreaks Havoc on Lungs

A substantial study was conducted by Donald P. Tashkin, of the UCLA School of Medicine, in 1997 concerning the damage that smoking weed has on lung tissue and the respiratory system as a whole. He felt that the risks of smoking tobacco were well established and so overwhelming that it would be wise to analyze the second most widely smoked substance, marijuana.

This study focused on two particular kinds of damage: lung cancer as well as infection. As far as cancer is concerned, the research made a few assertions. Smoking weed produces tar in the lungs much like tobacco does and tar is known to be a major player in the development of lung cancer. Secondly, the study stated that one of the problems associated with marijuana is that it suppresses the body’s natural ability to heal itself via the immune system. This finding is especially troubling news for those who already are suffering from other diseases that may already be wearing down the immune system such as individuals suffering from AIDS.

I previously wrote an article about the effects of weed on cancer that addressed this issue. I discovered that modern research did agree with these findings that smoking marijuana may contribute to the growth of lung cancers and lower the effectiveness of the immune system. However, an emerging trend is the study of the positive effects of weed on the cannabinoid system which arguably counteracts both of these potential dangers.

In regards to lung infection though, it’s clear as of now that smoking weed is a leading factor. When the researchers inspected throat and lung tissues by bronchoscopy, they noticed that individuals who smoked marijuana daily had noticeably increased amounts of redness and inflammation in both areas.

They also analyzed the effects of weed on the population and found that regular smokers had an increased chance of developing lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes diseases like bronchitis and emphysema. This appeared to be due to the erosion of protective lung tissues, which led to a greater chance for microbial infections.

Weed Smoke Has Adverse Effects on Lungs, Mostly Avoidable

Though the negative effects of weed on cancer are still very much debatable, it is difficult to find research that will dispute the notion that smoking can, and most likely will, lead to respiratory system infection over a long period of time. Because the damage is mostly associated with the act of smoking and not marijuana itself, an individual can still experience the advantages that cannabis and THC present while minimizing the danger upon lungs by utilizing smokeless options through consumption of marijuana food products and vaporization.

 

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Outcomes of Weed on Cancer Both Bad and Good

A constant debate centers on the effects of weed and its role in cancer development as well as treatment. As research is continuously published, it is often contradictory, so it can be hard to understand what is really happening in our bodies as a result.

Many publications have alluded to the fact that smoking weed can be of great detriment to the lungs and be a major factor in the existence of tumors. On the other hand, other research comes to the conclusion that THC may be a safeguard against the development of cancer while also providing other inherent benefits simultaneously.

Here is an analysis of a few studies regarding the search to find the underlying answers to what sort of influences marijuana has on cancer. This is meant as inspiration for those who use marijuana to continue looking for emerging answers because ultimately it is the user who is responsible for those end results.

THC Shown to Reduce Immune System Effectiveness

Led by Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti from the University of South Carolina, a study was published last year (2010) in the European Journal of Immunology detailing their team’s findings on the effects of THC on the immune system. They found that THC has a suppressive effect on the immune system and its ability to fight maladies in the body. In other words, using marijuana may have a negative effect on the fight against cancer by further hindering the body’s ability to target cancerous tumors and other malignant cells.

Though this is a bit alarming to anyone suffering from cancer or other serious infections, where the immune system is obviously of great importance, it may be great news for those suffering from an overactive immune system. For instance, this may show THC to be useful in treating autoimmune diseases where the body attacks its own cells or in cases where patients have received a transplanted organ and need to prevent rejection of the foreign organ.

THC Displayed as Catalyst for Cancer Cell and Tumor Deterioration

In stark contrast, there is a wealth of studies that suggest the positive effects of weed include benefits such as cancer risks and tumor growth being greatly reduced through the utilization of THC. A study in the American Association for Cancer Research, 2007, found that lung cancer tumors were reduced by as much as 50% in size and weight when THC was introduced to test subjects and lesions were reduced by as much as 60%. Though the study gave no clear reason why, they speculated THC was interfering with the tumors’ ability to sustain itself and grow.

Another study released by Guillermo Velasco of Complutense University in Spain stated in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2009, that THC creates an environment where tumors and cancerous cells have little chance in flourishing. The study found that brain cancer cells could be reduced or eliminated by the introduction of THC in the subject. However, unlike the aforementioned study, this particular research suggested the reason for the reduction had to do with cell autophagy. In other words, THC was coaxing the body to cannibalize the cancerous cells.

Understanding Marijuana Effects is a Responsibility of the User

Though it is still very much controversial on whether the negative effects of weed outweigh the positive, and what the true net outcome will be, progress will continue to find new discoveries in the realm of marijuana use. The best action you can take is to stay vigilant and stay informed, so that you can protect not only yourself (if you are a user) but also potentially help others who may be suffering from misinformation.

 

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