The Health Effects of Cannabis and Prohibition

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Whether you are for or against the Prohibition of Cannabis, it is important to be aware of the facts surrounding the cannabis plant and the consequences of prohibiting its use. Since the inherent focus of cannabis Prohibition is the plant itself, that’s a fine place to focus the discussion.

The overt reason that cannabis is illegal is because of its purported effects on human health. Those who insist on cannabis’ continued placement in Schedule I (no accepted medical value and high potential for abuse) claim that smoking cannabis produces a wide range of negative health problems. The most notable are that cannabis contains far more tar than cigarettes, and can lead to the same health problems as cigarette smoking, such as cough, lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, and other conditions. While there is a slight correlation with heavy cannabis use and bronchitis in some individuals, there is no correlation at all for other conditions. In fact, the largest study conducted that examined the relationship between lung cancer and cannabis use found that people who smoked cannabis actually had slightly lower incidences of lung cancer than non-smokers! Also, for people who smoked cigarettes and cannabis, the rate of lung cancer was significantly lower than for those who smoked cigarettes alone. This is just one piece of evidence of cannabis’ anti-cancer effects, and dozens of peer-reviewed studies have found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) contain potent anti-cancer properties. It is for this reason that cannabis smokers also have a 62% less risk … Read More