Friday, October 28, 2005

Cannabis and Tobacco Smoke are not Equally Carcinogenic

More people are using the cannabis plant as modern basic and clinical science reaffirms
and extends its medicinal uses. Concomitantly, concern and opposition to smoked
medicine has occurred, in part due to the known carcinogenic consequences of smoking
tobacco. Are these reactions justified? While chemically very similar, there are
fundamental differences in the pharmacological properties between cannabis and tobacco
smoke. Cannabis smoke contains cannabinoids whereas tobacco smoke contains nicotine.
Available scientific data, that examines the carcinogenic properties of inhaling smoke and
its biological consequences, suggests reasons why tobacco smoke, but not cannabis
smoke, may result in lung cancer. (more)

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