Pot May Not Harm Lungs, New Study Says

 ...But it may have other health effects. Take a look at the opening of this Reuters story:

A few hits on the bong now and then don't seem to have any detrimental effects on lung health, suggests a new study.

Researchers found that multiple measures of lung function actually improved slightly as young people reported using more marijuana -- at least up to a couple thousand lifetime joints. 

Why is this good news potentially true when pot smokers indeed cough, and in the words of our illustrious President, "inhale--that's the point"?

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.

Indeed, we remain only at the very beginning of these kinds of scientific looks into the long-term health effects of weed-smoking. But it's pretty fascinating to see the first study results begin to flow in.

Read the full Reuters story here.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 11, 2012, 7:11am

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