Recent research from the University of California, Los Angeles, offers some encouraging news for cannabis smokers. A study published in the journal “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases” this month looks at the impact of marijuana smoking on COPD progression in a cohort of middle-aged and older persons. The results suggest that one of the major tobacco smoking risks isn’t related to marijuana use.
This is unsurprising to many who have long-held anecdotal evidence that cannabis does not harm the lungs as tobacco does. After all, while cigarettes contain thousands of toxic chemicals, including those known to cause cancer, marijuana smoke contains fewer potentially hazardous compounds. However, until now, there has been a lack of scientific studies to back up these beliefs.
Thanks to the groundbreaking work from researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, we now have some objective evidence that cannabis use may not come with the same risks as cigarette smoking. This is good news for public health professionals and cannabis smokers alike. In the following sections, we’ll overview the study and discuss what it can tell about COPD progression and marijuana use.
Overview of COPD Study
The UCLA study “Impact of Marijuana Smoking on COPD Progression in a Cohort of Middle-Aged and Older Persons” surveyed over 3,000 participants to assess the effects of marijuana smoking on COPD progression. Half of these participants had been diagnosed with COPD, and half had no chronic lung conditions. Their data was collected over four years, allowing researchers to track any changes in symptoms, health status, or exacerbations associated with cannabis use.
When analyzing the results, researchers found no difference between current or former marijuana smokers and those who never used marijuana regarding symptoms, health status, or exacerbations. This suggests that long-term cannabis exposure does not carry the same risks as tobacco smoke exposure and that marijuana smokers may enjoy some level of smoking without facing the same health consequences associated with cigarette use.
While this study provides encouraging news for cannabis smokers, it is important to note that more research needs to be done to fully understand the long-term effects of marijuana smoking on COPD progression. Nevertheless, these findings are a step forward toward greater acceptance and understanding of cannabis use.
The findings also have potential implications for public health policy and education. Most importantly, they demonstrate the importance of understanding both short-term and long-term effects when it comes to marijuana use. This can help inform decision-making around cannabis regulation and provide essential context when talking about the safety of marijuana use.
In addition, these results could potentially lead to new treatments or therapies that combine traditional pharmaceuticals with cannabinoids from cannabis plants to reduce symptoms or slow down the progression of COPD. Ultimately, this could provide relief to those suffering from COPD and lead to a better quality of life.
Overall, this study suggests that cannabis smokers may not have to worry about the same health consequences associated with cigarette use. While additional research is necessary to confirm these findings, they are a step forward toward greater acceptance and understanding of cannabis use.
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The editor should know that this is not the first such study with the same results done by UCLA. In 2006 Dr. Donald Tashkin the head of UCLA’s pulmonary department conducted a decades long study, funded by NIDA, that indicated the same result you published and more. Please google Dr. Tashkins study and publish it in conjunction with this latest research. The NIDA study also states that no cannabis only smoker had any form of lung cancer!