Good Old News for Cannabis and Your Lungs

It totally makes my day when I hear the enthusiastic tone of the voice at the other end of the message when a friend delivers good news to me about hemp. This week, after the LA Times published an article about cigarette smoke being far more dangerous to your health than cannabis smoke, I knew they had not yet read Jack Herer’s book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, or at least gotten to Chapter 7: Therapeutic Use of Cannabis.

In Chapter 7, Jack categorizes 13 therapeutic uses for cannabis. Let’s see, this book was published in 1985. So, it’s only taken 27 years for this to become common knowledge?

I have a feeling there is a lot of suppressed evidence that is going to start to surface because TRUTH is TRUTH and you can only suppress it for so long. If you read the article in the L.A. Times below however, it’s pretty clear that evidence may continue to grow in support for legalization but  “The Powers That Be” are going to do their best to ignore the TRUTH. I suppose they feel pretty secure with the deep seeded propaganda they planted so long ago when they made hemp illegal in 1937!

I included an excerpt on lungs from The Emperor Wears No Clothes  below as well as the popular L.A. Times article. Take a look then ask yourself, does this seem right?


More than 15 million Americans are affected by asthma. Smoking cannabis (the “raw drug” as the AMA called it) would be beneficial for 80% of them and add 30-60 million person-years in the aggregate of extended life to current asthmatics over presently legal toxic medicines such as the Theophylline prescribed to children.

“Taking a hit of marijuana has been known to stop a full blown asthma attack.” (Personal communication with Dr. Donald Tashkin, December 12, 1989 and December 1, 1997.) The use of cannabis for asthmatics goes back thousands of years in literature. American doctors of the last century wrote glowing reports in medical papers that asthma sufferers of the world would ”bless” Indian hemp (cannabis) all their lives.

Today, of the 16 million American asthma sufferers, only Californians, with a doctor’s recommendation, can legally grow and use cannabis medicines, even though it is generally the most effective treatment for asthma.

(Tashkin, Dr. Donald, UCLA Pulmonary Studies (for smoked marijuana), 1969-2007; Ibid., asthma studies, 1969-1976; Cohen, Sidney, & Stillman, Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana, 1976; Life Insurance Actuarial rates; Life shortening effects of childhood asthma, 1983.)

Lung Cleaner & Expectorant

Cannabis is the best natural expectorant to clear the human lungs of smog, dust and the phlegm associated with tobacco use.

Marijuana smoke effectively dilates the airways of the lungs, the bronchi, opening them to allow more oxygen into the lungs. It is also the best natural dilator of the tiny airways of the lungs, the bronchial tubes – making cannabis the best overall bronchial dilator for 80% of the population (the remaining 20% sometimes show minor negative reactions).

(See section on asthma – a disease that closes these passages in spasms – UCLA Tashkin studies, 1969-97; U.S. Costa Rican, 1980-82; Jamaican studies 1969-74,76.)

Statistical evidence – showing up consistently as anomalies in matched populations -indicates that people who smoke tobacco cigarettes are usually better off and will live longer if they smoke cannabis moderately, too. (Jamaican, Costa Rican studies.)

Millions of Americans have given up or avoided smoking tobacco products in favor of cannabis, which is not good news to the powerful tobacco lobby. A turn-of-the-century grandfather clause in U.S. tobacco law allows 400 to 6,000 additional chemicals to be added. Additions since then to the average tobacco cigarette are unknown, and the public in the U.S. has no right to know what they are.

Many joggers and marathon runners feel cannabis use cleans their lungs, allowing better endurance.

The evidence indicates that cannabis use will probably increase these outlaw American marijuana-users’ lives by about one to two years – yet they may lose their rights, property, children, state licenses, etc., just for using that safest of substances: cannabis.


Marijuana lung findings unlikely to change minds

By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog

January 11, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Marijuana smoke does not damage lungs in the same manner as tobacco smoke, according to a study released Tuesday. But that conclusion probably will not change minds as to whether the drug should be legalized.The study found that smoking marijuana on an occasional basis does not appear to significantly damage the lungs. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the paper supports previous research that has also failed to find a link between low or moderate exposure to marijuana smoke and lung damage. Marijuana contains many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke.

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