Remember that friend in high school who politely refused every puff of a bong offered to him?
It turns out non-smoking abstinence always got a bad deal.
The Peer-Reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published research this week stating that second-hand cannabis smoke from bong puffs is particularly high in fine particles that can damage the cardiovascular and immune systems.
The report reminds us that cannabis smoke already contains “several hundred toxic, carcinogenic chemicals and fine particles, many in higher concentrations than tobacco smoke.”
Despite this, he also claims that 27% of young adults believe inhaling cannabis smoke is safe. Maybe because government funded reports and mainstream media are crying wolf on the devil’s weed for at least a century.
JAMA itself had to withdraw a previous report that cannabis use among young people decreased after the legalization of cannabis for medical and adult use. JAMA also recently reported that the right to obtain cannabis legally leads to “cannabis use disorder” while its ability to deal with insomnia and anxiety was questioned. Which, come on.
Still, it makes sense that strapping a bong to your face and deeply inhaling the searing weed smoke might not be the best thing for you. But it’s the dangers bangs pose to other members of your household that the latest study seems most concerned with.
According to the cohort study, endothelial dysfunction was found in rats after one minute of exposure to secondhand cannabis smoke, although the methodology is not explained.
Jack Herer’s famous expose, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” with help from Playboy and NORML, helped expose a previous Heath/Tulane University study that demonized the effects of marijuana on brain cells, revealing that the tested primates were essentially asphyxiated by marijuana smoke, causing their observed brain damage.
None of this has stopped many notable voices in the US drug war from claiming that marijuana has been proven to cause brain damage for many, many years. Ronald Reagan even said, “The most reliable scientific sources claim that permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of marijuana use.” which one to Los Angeles Time printed.
But back to the bang shots. The JAMA report notes that “smoking cannabis bongs at home generated four times the PM2.5 concentrations than cigarettes or hookah (water pipe)” and that, Surprise Surprisepast times such as hot-boxing your buddy’s VW bus aren’t particularly good for you and your crew.
The greatest concern is for non-smokers in the household, especially infants, children and the elderly. A 15-minute bang toke session revealed more than double the EPA’s threshold for hazardous air, leading to “an estimated average daily concentration that significantly exceeds the average in smoking homes, non-smoking homes, and U.S. EPA Daily Standard”. However, there is an anomaly that raises a question at the conclusion of this study: what happens if you use this elusive gas mask bong who creates an airtight seal with just the bong and the bong user?
As we look ahead to a successful 4/20 season, the study is something to keep in mind, ultimately concluding second-hand cannabis smoke at home “isn’t safe” and it’s time to overcome. our mistaken beliefs that weed smoke is somehow better for us than cigarettes, despite their 250 known toxic gasesformaldehyde, benzene, arsenic and rainbow of toxic metals.
It should be noted that the American Cancer Society itself has Noted marijuana’s ability to help treat cancer patients and seems to be open to scientific studies suggesting that “THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow the growth and/or cause the death of certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes” as well as slowing cancer growth and spread in some animal studies, research dating back to 1974.
The bottom line: Be careful of exposing anyone you care about to the potential dangers of smoke. Or anything dangerous for that matter.
And perhaps more selfishly, JAMA, how on earth can we sign up for the next study so that we too can support global bong science efforts?