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American Cancer Society says marijuana use can lead to amputation | The NORML Stash Blog

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10 responses to “American Cancer Society says marijuana use can lead to amputation”

  1. john collins

    ive ben a diabetic for over 20 years more recently ive hade my left leg amputated mostly due to the diabetes and dr after dr when i complaind about pain just blaming it on the diabetes.i finalley got a dr after fifteen years and multiple dr that sent me to a specialist in my ankle bone that was round was ground flate didnt heal after surgery,just take it i said still got the same pain but not getting worse.when they took the leg they gave me pills that didnt work and killed my appitite.weed helped and i hade my appitite back pluse was more willing to play around with my kids we need to stop our corupt gov,corupt money hungry drug companys from poisining us

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  4. Bud Green

    I don’t know why this, or any other health organization that dares discuss the potential negative health risks of cannabis use, should be so summarily dismissed.

    Anybody who’s ever cleaned a pipe or bong and/or watched their friends inhale and hold deep hits that reach the deepest recesses of the lungs, only to cough like crazy upon exhalation, possesses a basic understanding of what concerns doctors:

    – Cannabis smoke contains tar, fine particulates and potentially cancer-causing chemicals.

    – The lack (so far) of conclusive data linking cannabis use with increased rates of lung cancer should not be mistaken for a scientific edict that pot smoke can’t hurt you at all, whether through cancer risk, asthma/bronchitis, or other means.

    – The lack (so far) of conclusive data linking data with increased rates of lung cancer should not be used as evidence of cannabis’ purported anti-cancer properties. Nor should they, assuming such anti-cancer properties are as robust as claimed, be used as a protective shield against the health risks of smoke ingestion, when abstinence from smoke ingestion would be the medically superior alternative.

    In short, stop blaming the medical messengers who point out that smoking is bad for you. To say it’s less bad than cigarette smoking is true, perhaps, but irrelevant to the discussion. Ingestion by vaporizer, edible or tincture/topical — take your pick — are all superior to smoking, delivering the healing power of cannabis without burdening your body at the same time with a steady influx of toxic and entirely avoidable contaminants.

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  7. Cory

    In 2002, TIME magazine gave some coverage, summarizing, “A paper published last year in the journal Angiology found 10 odd cases in France of heavy herbe smokers who developed ischemia (an insufficient blood supply) in their limbs, leading in four cases to amputations. It’s not clear that marijuana caused the decreased blood flow, but the vascular problems did worsen during periods of heavy use.”

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1003570,00.html#ixzz1g1DngR6b

    And here is the case study:

    http://ang.sagepub.com/content/52/1/1.abstract

    The study noted, “All patients were moderate tobacco smokers and regular cannabis users. Despite treatment with ilomedine and heparin in all cases, five amputations were necessary in four patients. The vasoconstrictor effect of cannabis on the vascular system has been known for a long time.” I’m no Paul Armentano, but since tobacco is a risk factor for amputation, I’m guessing the weed may have exacerbated the effect of tobacco.

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  9. J.W. Laberdee

    Decreased reproductive function? Tell that to my six daughters, eight granddaughters and eight grandsons.

  10. Draeger Gunn

    very good response!
    being a user of cannabis for 40+ years I can safely say that I’m fit, healthy, a successful artist and have a very active sex life thank you! ;)
    keep up the great work Russ!

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