Medical research indicates that light cannabis smoking might be useful for a majority of mild emphysema victims. It would improve the quality of life for millions of sufferers and extend their life spans.
The U.S. government and DEA (since 1976) say the side effect, being high, is not acceptable, no matter how many years or lives it saves; even though some 90 million Americans have tried marijuana and 25 to 30 million still smoke marijuana relaxationally, or use it responsibly as a form of daily self-medication, without one single death from overdoseever!
All research into the oxygen blood transfer effects caused by cannabis indicates that the chest (lung) pains, extremity pains, shallowness of breath, and headaches we may experience on heavy smog days are usually alleviated by light cannabis smoking throughout the day. However, heavy pot smoking works no better.
Dr. Donald Tashkin, the U.S. governments leading scientist on marijuana pulmonary research, told us in December, 1989*, and again in December 1997, that you cannot get or potentiate emphysema with cannabis smoking!
* See Tashkins marijuana pulmonary research, UCLA, 1969-1995. This author has personally taken part in these studies for 10 years and has continuously interviewed Tashkin on cannabiss medical indications; last personal interview was December 1997.
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