Gee, go figure! But actually, that headline is dishonest, and is not what the study shows.The city that has been rooting for the legalization of pot for years is where this great study comes from. Who would have guessed? And the far-left, drug-crazy HuffPost/AOL misleads with their headline - again.
The story starts out, "Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does." Again, no surprize that these "researchers" make their point based on someone who only smokes one joint a week as opposed to the normal smoker who smokes 300 cigarettes a week. But hey, what's an extra 200-400 doses per week?
But the article later says, almost as if apologetically, "The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users – those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function".
But even here there is a bug in their study - there own words state that there may be no difference between 40 cigarettes a day and pot smokers who only smoke "two or more" joints daily. Perhaps their study, if it were honest, would compare 40 joints a day to 40 cigarettes a day and report on the effects. Let's compare apples to apples, shall we?
Now, any educated person can infer from this study that one joint a week is less dangerous than 300 cigarettes a week. Go figure! And that two joints per day might be as dangerous as 40 cigarettes a day.
Those are the words of the researchers, not mine. The only difference is that I am not adding the liberal spin. Their own study indicates that, on a one-to-one basis, pot is either just as harmful, or more so, than tobacco.