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What the Yuck: Could weed affect my work?
April 15th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

What the Yuck: Could weed affect my work?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Q: I sometimes smoke pot on the weekend. Can this affect my work during the upcoming week?

A: It sure can. Although the immediate effects of marijuana typically last only one to three hours, frequent users can have a hard time concentrating and processing information, even days later.

Marijuana has other risks, too: It contains more carcinogens than tobacco and can cause the same respiratory issues - possibly even cancer.

Bottom line: Your weekend habit could have consequences way worse than just making you feel spaced out at work.

Copyright Health Magazine 2011


soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Mike Parent

    Dr Raj wrote, "possibly even cancer. " So Dr. Raj, has there been one cancer case directly attributable to marijuana use? TIA

    April 15, 2012 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr P Fenderson

      Thankfully, there hasn't been a single case of cancer linked to cannabis use. Dr. Donald Tashkin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, successfully showed that there is *no* link between cancer and cannabis usage. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501729.html

      April 15, 2012 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
    • TruthSeeker

      I am overwhelmed by the massive response against the outrageous lies this article presents, and the fact that so many people are now waking up to reality. A great relief and hope for a better future! Thank you CNN.

      April 15, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Wow, all the responses on here scare me. Why in the world do people think this crap is heathy? lol you are all too funny. IT IS SMOKING ! ! NOT GOOD FOR YOU ! LUNG CANCER besides a million other types of cancer possibilities. Also, may people think it is legal in some places. Please educate yourselves, no one else will do it for you. IT IS ILLEGAL EVERYWHERE. YES, EVEN DR'S ARE BEING ARRESTED IN CA FOR WRITTING PRESCRIPTIONS.

      April 15, 2012 at 16:03 | Report abuse |
    • dofacc

      Ahh, actually, the link with lung cancer and weed smoking has been made. And, because you inhale the weed smoke more deeply, and hold it longer, you allow more of the particles to lodge in your lungs.

      Hey, don't get me wrong, light up if you want, but come on folks, there are no free lunches. You are inhaling any number of substances into your lungs, not just the THC that you are after.

      April 15, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • wm97

      dofacc, try reading the links already posted. Tashkin already found that pot smokers actually had LOWER rates of lung cancer.

      April 15, 2012 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
    • wm97

      Jeff, where do you get this nonsense? No, doctors are not being arrested for writing prescriptions for marijuana. In fact, doctors don't even write "prescriptions". As for what doctors can do with marijuana, that case was settled long ago and they do not get prosecuted for writing (what you think are) "prescriptions." In addition, there are a number of local communities that have approved marijuana dispensaries to sell it.

      jeff, you really don't have a clue.

      April 15, 2012 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      "Tashkin already found that pot smokers actually had LOWER rates of lung cancer." – Lower than what?

      April 15, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      I read the WP article on Tashkin's study. It isn't very compelling. It relies entirely on self-reporting, which is extremely unreliable, especially over the long timespans the study attempts to examine. It also contradicts the finding of several other studies based on actual laboratory results.

      Given the relatively small amount of dope people smoke compared to tobacco smokers, it may not be much of a concern. But inhaling smoke is bad for you; simply note your body's reaction to it – gagging, coughing, watering eyes and nose, flight response – before you forcibly train it to suppress those reflexes. Don't try to convince yourself that there are no consequences to doing this regularly.

      April 15, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      "has there been one cancer case directly attributable to marijuana use?" – Interestingly, this was precisely the statement made by tobacco companies and repeated for years after the first Surgeon General's report showing the statistical link between smoking and lung cancer. To this day, in fact, I believe the same statement is literally true for tobacco – there has never been one cancer case directly attributable to cigarette smoking.

      What's required here is the same sort of evidence linking cancer and tobacco use – statistical sampling. This is much more difficult with marijuana, however; the illegal nature of it and other stigmas makes self-reporting very unreliable, and illicit supplies make it nearly impossible to determine just what, exactly, is being smoked in the first place. Nonetheless, It shouldn't be impossible to perform a reasonable study. The one cited here by Tashkin, however, fails to compel for reasons already noted.

      April 15, 2012 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
    • mateo

      If legalized everyone that currently smokes the drug will switch to eating the stuff. Every user knows that using it to cook with is superior to smoking.

      April 15, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      "If legalized everyone that currently smokes the drug will switch to eating the stuff. Every user knows that using it to cook with is superior to smoking." – Why will legalization make them do that? Why don't they just eat it now, given that eating it is superior to smoking it?

      April 15, 2012 at 18:08 | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    What a terrible answer / article. While there are lots of carcinogens in mj smoke, there has never been a proven link between mj and lung cancer or even respiratory strength (and there's been lots of research); and there are some hypotheses that include that THC may be anti-carcinogenic, and it may be better than other alternatives for pain, nausea, and other health related problems. There are some links to long term problems relating to cognitive function, and you probably don't need a medical degree to conclude that doing your work while high (for most lines of work) has negative consequences. At the same time, it seems to stimulate creativity, so for some things, perhaps there are some benefits to mj.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JB

    This article is a joke. Though it may have more carcinagen's than a tobacco cigarette, how many cigs does someone smoke a day vs a joint?

    And the meat on your grill has a huge amount of carcinogens depending on how crispy it is.

    And if those carcinogens or compounds in mj don't cause cancer, because they don't, then the point is moot to begin with.

    If you are looking for a real article, keep looking

    April 15, 2012 at 11:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. anb

    LOL

    April 15, 2012 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Pipster

    Terrible article. First of all weed has actually been shown to help those with adult ADD concentrate-not lose focus. Secondly, UCLA did a study showing that non smokers actually had a higher rate of lung cancer than marijuana smokers.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Saul T. Lohd

    What a stupid propaganda fueled answer. No, smoking some pot on the weekend won't affect your work. Not likely anyways, although I admit it could affect some people differently. Also, THC has been shown to have anti-cancer properties and doesn't contain nicotine which causes most of the problems associated with tobacco smoking (including stains on teeth and fingers, black lung syndrome, emphysema and cancer) No studies have shown cannabis to cause any of these problems, and no cases of cancer have ever been attributed to marijuana smoking.

    I'm a regular smoker and often smoke a bowl or two every day. My work doesn't suffer and I'm also a successful athlete. Drop the propaganda Raj and do some research.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • robert

      Ya are so right... I say burn another one just like the other one

      April 15, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • KCampbell

      Nicely said! 🙂

      April 16, 2012 at 11:44 | Report abuse |
  7. hical

    don't need to smoke MJ ... if you have a medical need ... get a prescription for Dronabinol.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • robert

      Sounds more like ya a pill head

      April 15, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • clevelandgal

      Apparently potheads and pillheads don't get along...haha....funny..but they are all addictions

      April 15, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
  8. clevelandgal

    All you have to do is talk to a pothead to know it damages the brain....

    April 15, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • robert

      Don't be a hater

      April 15, 2012 at 12:02 | Report abuse |
    • clevelandgal

      Not hating..it's the truth...it's like trying to speak to someone in slow motion...can't deny that...

      April 15, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse |
    • CC

      Let me guess the bible is your "drug" of choice. It has cause way more harm. Also grow up.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse |
    • clevelandgal

      So if I'm antidrugs I'm automatically a bible thumper? Now who's hating..I'm actually not a practicing religious person...but I've seen the effects of drugs on people...it's like someone who's wasted saying...noooo..i'm not drunk....you can't see how you come off to people because of the drugs effect on your brain.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
    • Saul T. Lohd

      I smoke daily. I guarantee I could destroy you in any debate on any subject. I also have a graduate degree. Keep your stereotypes to yourself.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • Tone

      Wow well I do deny that, because it isn't true. Get your facts straight lady.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • clevelandgal

      Why do you have to list off degrees and write down how smart you are? And why assume I'm not smart since I just happen to not agree with you...there are a large percentage of people who abuse weed and don't have full time jobs and degrees so if you're so smart you'd agree that many people should NOT be smoking weed regularly

      April 15, 2012 at 12:11 | Report abuse |
    • Tone

      Sucks when people treat you the same way doesn't it gal? Making assumptions and non factual assumptions. You know nothing of the subject. You were told to be against it by someone else. Harsh drugs are very harmful, weed isn't. Get over it you've been lied to.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:11 | Report abuse |
    • clevelandgal

      Lol...Tone....you guys are funny...

      April 15, 2012 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
    • ipayattention

      actually lots of study's show it has zero actual damage to the brain....the one study most people herald as "proof" that it does involved attaching gas masks to monkeys and pumping so much marijuana smoke into their faces that they died.....causing brain damage....a practice that is now considered laughable in its applications and practices by scientific minds the world over.....you can have an opinion about whatever you want....but you look stupid when you base that on no personal research whatsoever....when all it takes it typing something into google....now shhhhh adults are talking =)

      April 15, 2012 at 12:24 | Report abuse |
    • bpkeeper

      it's not the pot that makes people stupid. it's just that we have a lot of stupid people in this country. Like this ignorant author of the article. Doctor's aren't a big fan of weed because the pharmaceutical companies don't give them kickbacks for prescribing it.

      April 15, 2012 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      Do you really think that marijuana has made all the stupid, lazy people you know stupid and lazy, or have these stupid and lazy people simply been attracted to the drug because it plays well into what they had hoped to accomplish anyway? There have always been people who just didn't want to do anything. Read Benjamen Franklin's autobiography, it is filled with anecdotal stories about all the helpless drunks he ran into throughout his life. There have always been those who try not to do anything, and they almost always find some drug to help achieve this.

      You'd be surprised how many productive people use marijuana daily for years and years. And I bet if you would ask them how they can hold down a full time job and pay all their bills, they would tell you that marijuana doesn't make you lazy, it only compliments your lazy desires. So just because you can find some lazy people who like to get high, doesn't mean that they weren't going to be just as lazy (and probably drunk) if marijuana never existed.

      April 15, 2012 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
    • R.K.

      You are incredibly wrong in your presumption...Ive been smoking weed on a daily basis for over a decade now and Im currently in my 2nd year of PhD studies at a top tier university....so Im living proof that one could enjoy weed and still have enough brains and potential to do something with their lives!

      April 15, 2012 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
    • wm97

      Even the major prohibitionist organizations have admitted that they have lost the debate on the internet. So, if the pot smokers are brain damaged, and the prohibitionists are losing the argument to them, then where does that put the prohibitionists on the intellectual food chain?

      April 15, 2012 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
  9. robert

    This is BS...Been smokeing since I was a youngster...Always and I never affected my JOB

    April 15, 2012 at 12:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mike Parent

    I wonder if Dr Raj ever received any 'Perks" from the Pharmaceutical Industry?

    April 15, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Kevin

    What BS. I'm a smoker of 30 years. I have much better concentration and get much more done after smoking. I've smoked before work..at lunch...after work. There have been consistent promotions and much recognition of my work. Quit the lies.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. CC

    Wow terrible advice. Most of it all false info. Use a vaporizer, almost all negative effects are from the act of burning it. Don't do that and you'll be fine. As for the concentration and processing absolute nonsense. Step it up CNN, absolutely brutal.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mick

    I smoke before work and after work every day and yet I work very hard full time monday-friday in an office...Why don't you spend time writing articles on prescription pills or hard drugs that are killing people every day and destroying lives? Rather than shunning a plant that does no damage to your body. A very small population smokes blunts or joints all day, get a vaporizer or edibles and the lung arguments go out the window. Smoke causes cancer, not weed...don't get it twisted. Many cancer patients have been proven to benefit from marijuana so cancer is one of the main reasons people want it legalized...so that argument that is CAUSES cancer is 100% bogus!!

    April 15, 2012 at 12:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lefty avenger

      Mick, CNN and the powers that control america must maintain their Lies to survive.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
  14. lefty avenger

    Total Lies courtesy of CNN. Weed makes you live to be very old and Tobacco kills you young. There is no scientific proof whatsoever that Marijuana causes cancer. It's tobacco that are the cancer sticks.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Spliffster

    I enjoy smoking weed.
    I know and understand weeds affects.
    I will never smoke crack.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. ipayattention

    thanks cnn...you prove once again you are a spineless clown.......

    April 15, 2012 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. angie

    Absolutely untrue. I'll never trust this website again. I bet this guy is cashing a big check from the Pharm companies. LIES LIES LIES!!! It's the same lie that's been told for the last 3 decades or more. Come out of it America, we have a natural plant that can not only help people who actually need it, but it could just as well save our economy. Hemp, for example, contains less than 3% THC, but it's still illegal. Hemp could be used to make paper, plastic and fuel. That's only 3 of the 1000's of things this plant can do. Those are also things that this country spends money on to import. This country really is ass backwards and it's ridiculous answers like this one that just add to it.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. california grandma

    smoking is not the best delivery system anyway. and, there are a lot of benefits to using mj. i use a glycerine tincture, i get these chocolate 'bites' – really helps me sleep, helps with my chronic pain. between that and bromelain, i'm off muscle relaxers and nsaids. in my world, that's a huge improvement. to each his own.
    i'm in school as a psychology major with a 4.0 gpa. (my 3rd degree) so i don't think it's affecting me too much. oh, and i'm 58, been using mj since i was 16.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Gideon

    Raj is the perfect example of doctors who think they know what they are talking about because they have letter after their name. He makes completely conclusory statements without any factual evidence. How many weekend smokers did you poll? What kinds of marijuana did you study? What carcinogens were found? What were instances of cancer? How did that compare to studies on smoking?

    Clearly Raj does not know the answer to any of these.

    CNN: this article, if you can call it that, makes you look about as credible as the ramblings in a psych ward.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. curt

    That's the kind of article about marijuana I would expect from someone named Roshini Raj.

    It's called a vaporizer.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • curt

      I'm sure people are way more spaced out at work as well from something called a hang over. He has no proof of what he says for sure... Do your remember every face you saw on the subway or the street? NO because your mind forgets what is not important. Marijuana just helps you forget non important things.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:25 | Report abuse |
    • curt

      I could be so stoned I'm about to pass in 5 seconds and I could tell you my social security number...

      April 15, 2012 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
  21. vinautomatic

    Who was the Fcking Retard that made this article? They just proved that it HELPS people work, makes them better and safer drivers. I agree Gideson.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Phillip Anthony Biondo

    Dronabinol: pharmaceutical thc. Schedule 1 drug: “Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.” Cannabis definitely does not fit this description and Mescaline, DMT, and Psilocybin could all be useful in psychiatry and are not addictive or dangerous.

    I'm suing the U.S. government for Violation of freedom of Religion as I am Rastafarian and also believe Mescaline, DMT, and Psilocybin are sacred medicines given by God. Any intelligent human knows we are hom. Sapiens, a species of Ape closely related to Chimpanzees. Vote Biondo for President 2012 of the Fraternity Party! All drugs, prescription and illegal will be legal. Navy Nuclear Spaceship colonating the Milky Way Galaxy. Free Healthcare like Canada and some European countries. Homeless shelters. Rice, soysauce, and a multivitamin for the poor. Environmentally intelligent policy. Big Bang in Physics. Evolution in Biology. Free College like k-12. Strong Military. Technological Singularity in 2045, superhuman artificial intelligence. Higher taxes, very high taxes for Billionaires. If that Sheriff is right than is Obama inelegible for reelection?

    The Universe has a radius of 13 billion light years because it has been expanding at the speed of light for 13 billion years. In the universe there are billions of Galaxys, ours is called the milky way, in it there are billions of stars, ours is called Sol. The Universe is likely some kind of computer program Whatever god is likely created all of the universe and likely parellal universes made by a god or any number of gods of unfathomable intelligence and power.

    Religion is Schitzophrenia everyone needs antipsychotics. Chlorpromazine or prochlorperazine are probably fine and much cheaper. Abilify for the rich. Haloperidol and Perphenazine and fluphenazine.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Curt

    NEWS FLASH: Alcohol causes cancer and hang overs....

    NEWS FLASH: The government endorses it!

    April 15, 2012 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. David

    What a closed world this poor little doctor lives in...probably never made anything in his entire life except money, and trouble.

    April 15, 2012 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. dmmd

    If you nuts need to really blow your minds why don't you try a small dose of cyanide. You will get rid of all you anxiety fast and without pain.

    April 15, 2012 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Saul T. Lohd

      Your ignorance is showing

      April 15, 2012 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • wm97

      "blow your minds" That's so dumb it is downright funny.

      Get with the program! Learn about the real effects. Didn't you know? It turns people into bats. You probably wondered why there are so many bats in the world. That's because pot turns people into bats. The US Official Expert on marijuana said so. You can read all about it at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm

      April 15, 2012 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
  26. Busted

    Can this affect my work during the upcoming week?"

    You bet! You could find yourself making license plates instead of a salary.

    April 15, 2012 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Mojo Jack

    Some jobs require you to actually think and not just collect a big paycheck because you crack the whip at subordinates in a management position you got from golfing and partying with the executives.

    April 15, 2012 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Chong

    Oh wow man!

    April 15, 2012 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Jerome Horowitz

    My cardiologist asked me if I drank, and I said no, but I smoke pot about every six weeks. He said to me that if the situation were reversed, and booze was illegal and pot not, there would be a lot more people, and healthier people in the world today.
    Moderation, folks!

    April 15, 2012 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. anonymous

    This "Dr." is a shill. Propaganda by the mainstream media at its finest.... I, for one, am SHOCKED the government doesn't want the population to use a consciousness expanding plant, growing naturally all over the place, to help us see the nature of our existence. Back to sleep sheeple! Let's bury our heads in Bud Light....government approved!!

    April 15, 2012 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Merlin's Mom

    I have never used MJ in my life–never. I am 60 and suffer from lupus and osteoarthritis that has attacked my body and organs. My MD's solution is high steroids and huge amounts of Vicodin. I could not live with that so did much research about medical MJ and took a giant leap and tried it. I can tell you that the above article is filled with half-truths and is largely unsubstantiated. (I have a Ph.D.. too). After 3 months of using edibles from the dispensary at night I have less pain, sleep through the night for the first time in years and have genuinely improved my condition. MH has 604 compounds that are anti-inflammatory and pain relieving with little side affect or danger as compared to prescription drugs. I know I had a bias at first that the dispensaries are full of "stoners" getting high but they are not. Most people there are my age and older just trying to find relief. The folks who grow and dispense this kind of medicine are heroes for taking on the establishment to provide the care some of us actually need. Able to work? Absolutely! But anything can be abused to the point of being well....stupid! CNN, you should really retract this misleading article.

    April 15, 2012 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Lucus

    The American conspiracy against Marijuana is laughable make up facts and scare the public. Or Blame Canada

    April 15, 2012 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Kuato Lives

    Wow, talk about out-dated information! Not only has marijuana been proven to NOT increase a users risk for developing lung cancer, in tobacco users who also smoke marijuana it has been shown to LOWER their risk of developing the disease.

    This tiny little article was written using information (or lack thereof) that is atleast 20 years old.

    April 15, 2012 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. hank

    I just toked up and read this article again and whoah....far out......

    April 15, 2012 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JS

      Best post of the thread! LOL

      I'm actually not entirely supportive of all out legalization, but regulation (as is done with tobacco and alcohol) is inevitable. However...it's docs like our friend Raj (who I would bet my next paycheck has never smoked a joint in her life) that continue to prey on the uninformed and perpetuate a culture that perceives marijuana as a danger to society. What a shame.

      April 15, 2012 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
  35. Logan

    There are associated health risks with pulling burned vegetable matter into your lungs; such as acute bronchitis and sinus inflammation. While the evidence to support that smoking weed leads to lung cancer is spotty and unreliable we should not glorify cannabis as a "miracle" drug that does no harm.

    That being said, weed gets a nasty blame for making people "stupid" or "slow". Now if you smoke all day every day, then you might notice a decrease in motivation. But to assume that smoking weed on the weekends will affect your job is unfounded and biased. Your cognitive performance is based off of so many components. Did you have breakfast? Did you get enough sleep? Did you go out drinking the night before? Are you stressed? Angry? Distracted? All of these things can effect your performance. So saying you shouldn't smoke weed because it will improve your job performance is like saying you should remember to eat breakfast and get enough rest because it will improve your job performance.

    People who smoke weed aren't stupid, but stupid people (and smart people) smoke weed. You cannot make overgeneralized assumptions that weed makes everyone lazy and unmotivated any more than you can make the assumption that all drunks are angry and violent.

    April 15, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. David s.

    Marijuana is far less harmful them smoking tobacco, and marijuana does not have any physical dependency (its not addictive) Mental Dependency can happen with any activity or substance. such as people who over eat, or are addicted to gambling or watching T.V.

    most studies show marijuana doesn't damage the brain, it only inhibits short term memory while THC is still active in the brain (few hours) if you are no longer high, then you are no longer inhibited.

    there are many successful people who smoke marijuana on a daily basis and still continue to function and be successive, for some smoking marijuana allows them to be more successful in their daily life.

    April 15, 2012 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Robert

    How much is this "Dr" paid by the DoJ and the private prison consortium? Like anything, inclusive of alcohol, if you do it all day it will have negative effects. A few drinks or puffs at night and on weekends will have zero effect on your ability to function day to day. In fact "weed," being non-addictive at a physical level, is probably much better for your long-term health than alcohol. Unfortunately there is too much money being made on the war on drugs for any serious research to be done on this particular recreational drug.

    April 15, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. c

    As popular as pot is the reality is this. No decent biologist or medical doctor will tell you it doesnt affect you. It literally kills brain cells from the first joint. Yes, it does not impair as alcohol, however, it is extremely harmful. The people pushing this garbage want to create a dependent generation so that they can minipulate the masses. Sounds crazy but sadly it is happening. The dumber and more dependent you are the more they can ask from you. 'Vote for me I give you pot' ..........

    April 15, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wm97

      You forgot to mention that the US Official Expert on marijuana said that it can turn you into a bat. You are worried about it killing brain cells when it can turn you into a bat? My God man, we will have whole high schools full of children turning into bats! Oh, the humanity!

      You can read about it at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm

      April 15, 2012 at 16:42 | Report abuse |
  39. The_Mick

    Smoking marijuana on the weekend is supposed to make you feel "spaced out at work" during the following week??? Oh my God! I thought the days when we were fed the "Reefer Madness" B.S. were behind us. I was never a regular smoker of mj and haven't done so since my 20's, but I knew people in graduate school in chemistry that got high fairly often and had no trouble concentrating enough to determine the experimental design of studies using atom smashers, radioactive tracers, x-ray crystallography, etc. I also knew people who were high nearly all the time and you could barely tell when they weren't, but they were rareties – and not those who graduated from college.

    April 15, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Jabbah

    Judging by the spelling and grammatical errors in these responses, it's no wonder you guys are pro-pot.

    April 15, 2012 at 16:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jabbah

      Not that I am judging you, personally. I used to smoke ll the time. Just Saying...

      April 15, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
  41. Jabbah

    As I make a spelling error. LOL.

    April 15, 2012 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. theoldfool1950

    Tashkin's study at UCLA, funded by the NIH, is the largest study of its kind in this regard and found no link between pot smoking and cancer. Oh, and everything affects you. If you eat too much tuna, if you drink too much water, and if you drink too many sweet drinks (especially soda) that really affects you. And I dont have to tell you about that which is the main reason that professional atheletes make so much money. It's beer. Take away the beer commercials and you will not have the professional sports we have today.

    Forget about pot. Let it be, let it grow, but most of all just let it go!

    April 15, 2012 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Johnny AppleWeed

    Is it actually 2012? And people believe it has carcinogens? Wow, just wow.

    What would a weekend of chain smoking cigs and pounding brews and Jack Daniels do to my ability to work during the upcoming week I wonder?

    April 15, 2012 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. wm97

    Over the years I have gotten a number of emails from veteran pot smokers about weed where the effects last for days.

    Invariably, they want to know where they can get some of this magical stuff.

    April 15, 2012 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. ChurnTheNews

    What a pantload, NO weekend use won't affect your work, he who wrote this drivel has never even tried any, some expert.

    April 15, 2012 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. L

    C is another person who is brain washed by the government propiganda. Very sad, but true. Probably another one of these people who know next to nothing about marijuana and probably only tried it once or twice as a kid. Marijuana does not kill brain cells, and it has been proven scientifically. I love the ignorant people who don't have their facts right, but they want to express an opinion on something they know nothing about. The resoning is, "It must be illegal for a good reason." I agree it is illegal for a good reason. The pharmacutical companies cannot patent the drug and make any real money off of it, so they donate tons of money to Anti-Marijuana organizations to keep it from cutting into their profe\its. They would much rather have you buy anti-nausea drugs for hundreds or thousands of dollars a week than be able to smoke a joint which has the same effect. Keep your ignorance to yourself, government puppet.

    April 15, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. TROLL

    It's up for legalization in Missouri in November! 21 and older!

    April 15, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Chris in WI

    Seriously most of you have zero clue what you are talking about. I suggest you read what a government panel stacked by Nixon himself had to say about Cannabis after they actually did their jobs and conducted a real scientific review (google: Shafer Commission 1972). Which included inviting cannabis users into late night sessions where they consumed cannabis in front of them to observe their behavior. THAT'S real science people... did you know they based the 1937 cannabis ban on testimony that cannabis caused an "expert" to turn into a bat and fly around the world?

    Regarding cancer, maybe most potheads cannot articulate this properly, but a study conducted by the UCLA medical school professor Donald Tashkin reported that components of marijuana smoke - although they damage cells in respiratory tissue - somehow prevent them from becoming malignant. In other words, something in marijuana exerts an anti-cancer effect (Credit: copy pasted this from alternet). This was in 2005. Go look it up and read the way he conducted the science and you will be convinced that cannabis beyond any doubt does NOT cause lung cancer and apparently affords some level of protection from it.

    You know allot of you don't understand why time slows down next to a massive object... that does not make it false.

    Educate yourselves~

    April 15, 2012 at 17:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. someguy

    The brainwashing machine still at work. Billions of dollars have been spent to separate alcohol and tobacco from other drugs that most people don't even see them as the same thing. I never even realized it till about a month ago when I was having a bad week and wnet to a party at my sisters place. She asked me if I wanted a beer. I told her I didn't want to use any drugs. Without thinking she said "beer isn't a drug". So it isn't surprising that many poeple still believe what this doctor just said. Note that this doctor has not backed any of what he said with any proof what so ever. Not one source to look up for yourseft. Could it be that he doesn't want to reascearch it yourself? It doesn't matter if you for or against MJ. You should take some time to find out why.

    April 15, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Mike Ikeo

    Smoking, vaporizing, or otherwise using cannabis is SAFE by every possible scientific and medical measure possible. It does not kill brain cells as alcohol does. It is not addictive as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine are. It is impossible to overdose on cannabis, though you can overdose on alcohol, caffeine, and even water! It has actually been proven to REDUCE many types of cancer, including lung and throat, compared to those who smoke NOTHING at all. Cannabis has been proven in many studies in the last 5 years to have a POSITIVE effect on many brain problems like ADD, Alzheimer's, and many other issues. This article is clearly biased as best, and outright garbage propaganda at worst. Shame on CNN for publishing these lies and brainwashing trash.

    April 15, 2012 at 18:02 | Report abuse | Reply
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