"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Evil Weed?

Smoking marijuana can suppress the body's immune system, which explains why pot-smokers are more susceptible than non-smokers to certain cancers and infections, according to a new study.
This effect of marijuana is due to chemicals in the drug that fire up the body's production of immune system cells called myeloid-derived suppressor cells. While most immune system cells are protective — fighting infections and
cancers to keep a person healthy — these cells suppress the immune system, keeping it in check, according to the study.
'Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs of abuse worldwide, and it is already believed to suppress
immune functions, making the user more susceptible to infections and some types of cancer,' Prakash Nagarkatti, a microbiology and
pathology professor at the University of South Carolina, said in a statement.
I won't be holding my breath for the legalization ideologues to slow their efforts.


Roger Williams said...

Interesting article Tom. I thought this part at the end gave it a bit more of a rounded view:
""Marijuana cannabinoids present us with a double edged sword," Nagarkatti said, because they can cause increased susceptibility to cancer and infections, but they can also open the door to opportunities to treat disorders where a suppressed immune system is beneficial, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and hepatitis."

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