Even though you got to smoke it NOW…pot still doesnt promote cancer like tobacco. Duh.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Although both marijuana and tobacco smoke are packed with cancer-causing chemicals, other qualities of marijuana seem to keep it from promoting lung cancer, according to a new report.
The difference rests in the often opposing actions of the nicotine in tobacco and the active ingredient, THC, in marijuana, says Dr. Robert Melamede of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
He reviewed the scientific evidence supporting this contention in a recent issue of Harm Reduction Journal.
Whereas nicotine has several effects that promote lung and other types of cancer, THC acts in ways that counter the cancer-causing chemicals in marijuana smoke, Melamede explained in an interview with Reuters Health.
“THC turns down the carcinogenic potential,” he said.
Research has also shown that marijuana kills cancer cells and reduces tumour growth. This is, in part, because marijuana reduces the formation of blood vessels that nourish tumours.