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

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  1. Tacc2

    CNN, do you guys work for the ONDCP or something? You filthy mouthpiece of the government.

    "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."

    True, but those effects are minuscule. Also, cannabis may positively effect your work. Depending upon what you do, cannabis can help you to view problems from a different perspective and to come up with creative ideas and solutions. It can help you get a proper night's sleep so that you are rested and more ready for work. It can also help relieve stress.

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

    This statement is basically BS. Yes, cannabis may contain more carcinogens (when burned) than tobacco. However, you don't have to smoke it. It can be eaten or vaporized. Also, even if you do smoke it, let's use our brains and think about this for a moment. On a weight for weight basis, cannabis may contain more carcinogens than tobacco when burned. However, how much cannabis is usually smoked compared to tobacco? Not nearly as much. No one (well almost no one) smokes 20 joints per day. But it's rather common for cigarette smokers to smoke that many cigarettes, if not more. So, the overall exposure to said carcinogens is going to be way less in your average cannabis smoker vs. a cigarette smoker. And as for the cancer link...The government has been funding studies to establish a cancer link with cannabis for what, 30+ years now? And you know what? THEY CAN'T DO IT. Most studies have even found that cannabis seems to inhibit tumor growth.

    So, in conclusion, smoke away on the weekends. It will have little to no effect on your work, as long as you don't get caught 😉 Law enforcement is the only real danger in using cannabis.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KCampbell

      Well said!

      April 16, 2012 at 11:03 | Report abuse |
    • simulatorman

      And, less we forget, the tobacco company's treat their tobacco so the cigarettes burn up once lit. I believe there are more man made carcinogens in tobacco than natural carcinogens in pot.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:21 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      continue defending marijuana! this article is full of government approved lies. We need to spread the truth. there is nothing dangerous about weed at all!

      April 16, 2012 at 12:24 | Report abuse |


      April 16, 2012 at 14:13 | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      cite your sources and maybe i will believe you.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
    • kooolguy

      well said! i dont know you but i love you

      April 16, 2012 at 16:07 | Report abuse |
    • judahbenhur

      There are a lot of reasons people use weed. We want to hear about it. The upcoming comedy film Gone to Pot is running a FREE VIDEO CONTEST. Tell them why you like weed in a 45 sec or less video and the top 10 will appear in their film's closing credits. The top three share $10,000. Celeb judges include comedian Margaret Cho and Academy Award nominated director Peter Bogdanovich. On Facebook at gonetopotmovie or go to gonetopot.com.

      April 16, 2012 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
    • Greenbud2525

      This story has been sanitized by the government!!

      April 17, 2012 at 00:36 | Report abuse |
    • fritz

      I absolutely agree with that. The notion that you can be spaced out days after smoking cannabis is pure government drivel. The effects last for just a few hours before it wears off.

      April 17, 2012 at 21:48 | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      People abuse prescription drugs more than illegal drugs. But the gov. could care less about that, especially since major drug companies are huge campaign contributors. If marijuana growers gave big $ to political campaigns, MJ would be legal right now.

      May 17, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • Max Brooks from Florida

      What a ridiculous blog post full of misinformation. Yeah there might be more carcinogenics in marijuana compared to the exact same amount of tobacco but a cigarette smoker is smoking a ton of tobacco. Someone with potent marijuana might only take one or two hits. Furthermore, THC has anti=carcinogenic properties, basically evening things out. There has never been a direct link between marijuana and cancer.

      Lastly, even if there was some type of weed 'hangover', how is that different from alcohol? Many people drink alcohol relentlessly over the weekend and then come into work all hungover.. (Also, alcohol kills more people in a single year than every illegal drug combined. There has never been a recorded death from marijuana consumption over the past several thousands years.)

      May 17, 2012 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Tacc2 is an idiot that smokes too much weed.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tacc2

      Would you care to refute any of my points with actual facts?

      April 16, 2012 at 10:18 | Report abuse |
    • A.Rod

      It's obvious he would rather just say you're an idiot, then making himself look foolish trying to explain something that he knows absolutely nothing about.

      Every drug has its place in someones life, somewhere. I personally don't really like working on weed, unless it's mindless menial tasks.

      Opioids on the other hand, make me work very hard and very accurately and provides me with a strangely large amount of positive, well feeling, energy. It also makes me more likely to be compassionate towards people I dislike or disagree with and yeah, I'm still talking about opioids.

      Wouldn't suggest working on LSD, unless you're Timothy Leary or a product there-of. Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.

      The idea that drugs are bad is a load of misinformation. Just like guns being bad. It's people who make poor decisions that make both of those things bad. Drugs are either misunderstood or not respected when used. There is a right and wrong way to do everything.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:29 | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Tacc2- there are plenty of facts supporting the harmful effects of marijuana. However it isn't worth arguing about, pot smokers will continue to defend it. It amuses me when my pot smoking friends talk about how it helps them when actually they act like complete idiots when they are stoned.

      I've never smoked the stuff, but have been around lots of high people before, and trust me, every single one swears that they have more control over their actions and thoughts while high than they really do.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:30 | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      He would most certainly not like to to use facts. He has the typical stance, spews some moronic non-sense thinking hes a smart keyboard warrior. But when facts are asked upon he has no response.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:30 | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Michelle... you are special.
      This isnt LSD, we arent smoking a join seeing crazy images and spazzing out. If you actually hung out with stoners, you would realize they really are in control of their actions.
      You wanna talk about harmful things? Lets talk about sodium in food, fast food, liquor, soda and sugar. More harmful seeing the rise in obesity from terrible, over processed food than smoking a joint

      April 16, 2012 at 10:36 | Report abuse |
    • Tacc2

      Michelle: We'll continue to defend it because all "facts" aren't equal. If you objectively look at the actual science that has been done on the harms of cannabis, it is found time and time again that it's a rather benign substance. Can some people abuse it? Sure. But then some people huff gasoline. Should we make gasoline illegal? It's FAR more dangerous than cannabis. How about aspirin? THOUSANDS of people die every year because of aspirin. How many cannabis users die from cannabis? 0. Based on the harms these substances cause, clearly aspirin and gasoline are FAR more dangerous than cannabis. Why are they freely available while we try (unsuccessfully) to lock up all the pot smokers and ruin their lives?

      April 16, 2012 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      There are productive weed smokers and non-productive weed smokers. The latter is what the OP and *most* people are referring to. The losers who will never hold down a real job and are this pesky burden on friends and family. They never have money, they are just a waste of time and space. And then there are the productive ones, the ones the OP and other complainers don't even realize exist. They graduate college (with REAL degrees), they successfully hold down great paying jobs, they are successful in work and in life outside of work. These people don't look like or act like stoners, because they are not. They simply enjoy a little weed now and then, like a fine glass of wine.

      April 16, 2012 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      No John, your the idiot!!! It's about time someone comes on here and speaks the truth about this subject. Alcohol has more negitive effects on people then Pot ever will. Thanks TACC2 for speaking facts..

      April 16, 2012 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I find it hilarious when little girls who have never smoked weed make silly statements about it.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:21 | Report abuse |
    • supergeezer

      Well john, every post since yours defends tacc2, because he made some good points which we all know are true. The statistics and studies continue to show that cannabis is relatively harmless. Judging from the concensus opinion here, I'd say you're an idiot that needs to smoke some weed.

      April 16, 2012 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • frankensteam

      John is an idiot who does not smoke enough weed.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
    • Max Brooks from Florida

      John, do you have to have an abortion to be pro-choice? Many of us who advocate marijuana legalization don't have any interest in using marijuana. I do, however, see the economic benefits of legalization as well as the hypocrisy of having the most harmful drug on the planet being legal (alcohol) while one of the least harmful drugs on the planet is illegal.

      May 17, 2012 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
  3. Ken

    Nobody is expecting Taac to be a genius on this subject, so I figured I would add a little about the whole carcinogen scare this person is trying to enforce. Leave it to the public to over simplify things to skew the perspective. While cannabis does have many carcinogens that tobacco has, not one death has ever been reported, cancer or not, from the consumption of marijuana. Furthermore, compounds found in cannabis have been shown to kill numerous cancer types including: lung cancer , breast and prostate , leukemia and lymphoma , glioma , skin cancer, and pheochromocytoma

    April 16, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Phil

    I suspect Michelle drinks alcohol which is far worst than pot when it comes to control of ones faculities. I hear of people getting in cars drunk all the time and killing folks. Can't say I have ever heard that someone stoned did the same. Can you?

    April 16, 2012 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dogboythecat

      In regards to no one ever killing anyone while high on weed, the gov't will point to the case of the Amtrak engineer who wrecked a train with "marijuana in his system". If I recall, though, I believe he'd also been drinking and texting at the time of the accident. (If anybody has more complete info on this incident, please tell me)
      BTW...if anybody can find some weed that will keep you stoned for the 6 weeks it takes to get out of your system, please let me know.

      April 16, 2012 at 17:10 | Report abuse |
  5. Patton Swift

    interesting that Roshini Raj has yet to say anything or show scientific evidence of her argument....

    April 16, 2012 at 10:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. KCampbell

    Wow, what a pathetic response from Dr. Sanjay Gupta on this issue. There are no facts presented whatsoever – pure propogranda just to keep marijuana illegal, and the government and Big Pharma in control. Marijuana is FAR SAFER than I'm sure 99% of the pharmaceutical DRUGS out there that that these doctors prescribe every day, AND get kick backs from. There is such thing as responsible use of marijuana, just like alcohol.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max Brooks from Florida

      This one isn't from Sanjay. It's from someone named Roshini Raj. I've heard Sanjay talk about marijuana before and he is always well informed about the medical values that marijuana can offer.

      May 17, 2012 at 14:54 | Report abuse |
  7. heywood Jablowme

    But going to the bar with the boys every night for a beer is not only legal, but manly as hell. Just watch any sporting event on tv and most commercials are for macho beer commercials to make you a man.

    Such b.s. Let the good dr tell us about the side effects of drinking.

    Isent it time to tax it like beer and make it legal? I havent had a drink in 5 years, but i do smoke weed. I dont think it should be illegal. sorry, its my life

    April 16, 2012 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. cbus

    While marijuana does have some negative effects, it is still the least harmful of any mood altering substances, including alcohol. Can you abuse it? Sure, but about the worst that will happen to you is that you will become an annoying irresponsible slacker. A lot worse things happens when you abuse alcohol. People who become excessively drunk may become violent or do other things they regret. The only thing that you will do while smoking weed that you may regret is eating the whole bag of Doritos. Seriously, there is no good reason to continue to keep MJ illegal.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Skipdallas

    I would much rather work next to a person that uses MJ that a chronic alcohol abuser. Also, how many fights do MJ users start as opposed to drunk people? None! unless they have severe anger issues to begin with. When I use marijuana, I want to sit with like minded friends and have a good time. This does not include jumping in a car and roaring off and having a wreck. Sitting listening to music is so much more fun that going out to a bar etc etc. IMHO if we replaced alcohol with pot, this would be a much better world to live in.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. donald

    Yes this does seem like quite a lazy article. Take an honest question, answer it based on a stance that drugs are bad. "Possibly even cancer?" the responsible answer in this case is to explain that while no links between marijuana and cancer have been established there are still studies being conducted. That being said, I personally feel a little slow the day after I smoke, but that could be from being up late the night before.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cbus

      I've seen reports that concluded that non-cigarette smoking MJ users have a slightly less chance of developing lung cancer than people who smoke neither cigarettes or MJ. On the other hand though, if you smoke both, you increase your chance significantly.

      April 16, 2012 at 11:30 | Report abuse |
  11. baj4q

    What's the point of this article? People show up to work hung over all the time, which also affects their performance. I suppose we could all never do anything unhealthy (fun) and that would make us all better employees.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JoeJoe

    This guy who writes the answer to the question: "Could weed affect my work?", does not support any of his statements with facts. He says, "Bottom Line: Your weekend habit could have consequences way worse than just making you feel spaced out at work." What are the consequesnces that are way worse? I honestly can't think of any. I don't know how many teacher's smoke and praise the stuff because 1. they can come home and relieve the stress that the little punks cause throughout the day rather than getting drunk and feeling bad the next day and 2. they come up with some interesting lesson plans while high. The people who are "spaced out" probably won't be at work anyways because they can't get a job in the first place. Some people just like to put things down on paper just because they call themselves a Dr. and people think they should believe it. I need to see more facts before I believe this joker.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. rizzo

    Great way of spreading falsehoods there, liar guy. Smoking weed affects your work much less than drinking alcohol. I'd love to have some links to studies backing up the authors assertion that weed does anything to affect your work.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jasmine

    There are a lot of people who casually smoke pot and don't have an issue. Then again there are also some people who have problems with it. It's not entirely unlike alcohol in that regard.

    If someone is reaching out to an advice column, chances are he is having some sort of issue that is causing him problems and needs a gentle push to help him to follow through with what he already knows he must do– back off on the pot.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Matthew Brandi

    You can talk about the ill effect all you want. but alcohol and tobacco are legal. Explain that? (Also, yeah people act dumb when they are high, same as when you drink.)

    April 16, 2012 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Moomin Papa

      "You can talk about the ill effect all you want. but alcohol and tobacco are legal. Explain that?"

      Money. The government gets an awful lot of tax from alcohol and tobacco, which they wouldn't get from cannabis (low number of users compared to the huge numbers that smoke and/or drink). That's pretty much it.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones

      Weed is much less harmful than alcohol.
      Honestly, all this ignorance about weed, all the intentional skewing of the facts by those who either don't know anything about it or have an agenda makes me sick.

      I had back surgery some time ago and have been in pain ever since. 16 years I've had to deal with this back pain, and you know what? Weed is the only thing that helps.
      Painkillers don't work on me.

      What avenue do I have? This is MEDICINE for me, why is it still illegal? I enjoy it too, obviously.. but it allows me to live my life! How can that be bad?

      April 17, 2012 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
  16. longterm

    As someone who has smoked a gram of marijuana per day for the past fifteen years I have noticed no impact on my productivity or performance in my job. No, I do not work as a cashier in McDonalds or similar environment. I have a bachelors degree in computer science and currently work for one of the top three IT companies on this planet, managing multi-million dollar environments on a daily basis. I have been in this or similar roles over the past ten years and have only increased in my competency and ability in my job. My point is, I can say from long term personal experience is that nearly all negative effects being advertised about marijuana are false. While being a mind altering substance, it is far far less dangerous than any legal or controlled substance utilized for similar purposes.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TooManyThings

      I would MUCH rather spend Monday working with someone who smoked weed over the weekend, than someone who is hung over from drinking all weekend.
      Did the ATF write this article?

      April 16, 2012 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
  17. Karl

    There won't be a lot to eat, if everything that contains carcinogens is banned. This quote is from a Dr. Weil, that I found when I was looking for information on the carcinogens in mushrooms (non-magic) to reply to the carcinogen comment in this article. "In general, I advise against eating a lot of the cultivated white or "button" mushrooms found on supermarket shelves throughout the United States (portobello and crimini mushrooms are the same species). They are among a number of foods (including celery, peanuts, peanut products, and salted, pickled, or smoked foods) that contain natural carcinogens. Just how dangerous these natural toxins are is unknown," I have researched it in the past and marijuana has been studied and has not been found to be carcinogenic like cigarettes.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Javier Solis

    This article is unscientific and pure BS. There are more toxins in cigarettes than there are in rat poison, and this can proven quite easily. Rat poison has one major ingredient: fluoride. Cigarettes on the other hand have all kinds of nasty stuff like tobacco, nicotine, tar, etc.This article is likely co-sponsored to appear to be legitimate news by the pharmaceutical industry. The main reason they attack marijuana and do not want to legalize it is because then we wouldn't need all those stupid and costly prescription drugs, such as anti-depressants, migraine pills, blood pressure pills, muscle relaxers, pain killers, etc. Furthermore, marijuana can easily grow just about anywhere it is planted and can be used for more than just smoking. It can be used to create paper, t-shirts, shampoo, tea, etc. It is 100% natural from the earth, unlike cigars and cigarettes, and it is a miracle plant that can be used for many worthy medicinal purposes.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Pritch

    The pro drug people in this country are really a walking contradiction. They all claim how great drugs are (i use drugs instead of weed because i don't distinguish) but the minute they get into some larger trouble or problem, they claim that drugs rendered them not fit to stand trial for something. You cannot have it both ways. The argument is ridiculous. Of course drugs are terrible for your body and your mind.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stan

      Yeah, that rarely ever happens at all. Nobody presenting a rational argument for legalizing marijuana is going to state that the outcome of any actions taken while under the affects of it are anyone's responsibility other than their own. And I hope you're also including alcohol in your definition of drugs. I also hope that you're fighting tirelessly as part of the new prohibition movement to move alcohol back to controlled substance categories. Not because I agree with you, but because if you're not you're just another hypocritical hack whose opinion means nothing.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
  20. DEIN

    In a study of airline pilots, after smoking weed, their performance on flight simulators was reduced up to 24 hours after smoking. Virtually none of them were aware of their continued impairment after about 3 hours. Those of you who smoke, go on convincing yourselves you're fine, but you are fooling yourselves.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stan

      And what study was that? Have any citations? How much was smoked, and over what period of time? Did they do the study with any other mind altering substances, such as alcohol? If they didn't and they were doing the study solely to show the detrimental affects of marijuana smoking, then I believe the words you are looking for are "confirmation bias".

      April 16, 2012 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • LSG

      Pot smokers are the biggest deniers out there. And talk of legalizing the stuff only makes the denial deeper.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • Get Off My Lawn

      I haven't heard about that study, but I did the exact same test myself back when I flew a private plane. And I came to the same conclusion: 24 hrs between toke and take-off. My takeoffs and landings were as good or better than when straight. But I couldn't do a simulated instrument approach to save my life. My attention would wander during the boring parts and I'd find myself looking at the pretty city lights instead of managing the approach.

      April 16, 2012 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
    • Amish Patel

      @LSG- FALSE! Alcoholics are actually the biggest deniers out there. Trust me, I'm both, not proud, but nonetheless, true. Alcohol has FAR exceeded my ability to be a productive member to society vs. weed. Again, not proud, but just an educated opinion. Was yours an educated opinion, or were you just relying on facts other gave you?

      April 16, 2012 at 21:18 | Report abuse |
  21. Nick

    Tell your doctor you smoke cigarettes and get ready to hear all about the harmful effects. Tell your doctor you smoke MJ occasionally and they don't seem really care because they know it's not very harmful. That has been my experience.

    April 16, 2012 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maliboog

      Strange....every doctor I've seen has told me not to smoke cigarettes and marijuana.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
  22. Mmmmmm

    I see both sides of the laziness question. I have been a daily smoker for 22 years now – I smoke a lot. I smoke in the morning before work, when I get home, before dinner, after dinner, you name it. Am I lazy because of it? Sometimes. Sometimes certain strains make me more tired. Sometimes I am just feeling lazy. There are says where I smoke up and sip coffee until afternoon (weekends, clearly). That said, I am not so certain I wouldn't be loafing if I weren't high on those days because when I do need to get things done, I can. Have a 15 mile run to do? No problem, even when stoned. Work OT? Sure thing. Paint the house, ride my bike 20 miles, do 8 loads of laundry, check. It's the days where nothing is really pressing and I am smoking that I could just smoke the whole day away – I actually hate those days because I'm a big fan of being productive.

    I will also add that I have an incredible job working with some of the brightest, most highly educated people in the country and am revered here for my hard work. I am also highly intelligent and have lived outside of my parents home since I was 18 (no residing in mom-s basement). In school, I was on high honors. I think it really depends on the person.

    April 16, 2012 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Mmmmmm

    Sorry for the typos – must have been the weed. 😉

    April 16, 2012 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Leslie

    Grow up you pot heads! So sick of the dopiness of you weed smoking throwbacks. There comes a time when giving up the stuff just might be do you some good.

    April 16, 2012 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Get Off My Lawn

      Grow up yourself, Leslie. For the most part, we responsibly base our decisions on actual measurements made by actual unbiased scientists. You're basing yours on government propaganda that has been thoroughly discredited, and in many cases, exposed as intentional fraud.

      Just because you disagree with our decisions doesn't make you the grown-up. Grown-ups are supposed to trust actual independently-confirmed facts more than propaganda you heard in school that has been repeatedly demonstrated to be fabricated.

      Like the old, "LSD causes chromosome damage" story. You've heard that one, and just believed it without checking, didn't you? Well, in truth, the lab test they did to show that was one known to be invalid for that purpose. Orange juice, in that same test, causes several times as much chromosome damage as LSD. See, they were testing on white blood cells, which don't reproduce and don't have any "protections" on their DNA. While all our cells that do reproduce come with 6 built-in error-correcting mechanisms that keep such damage from occurring.

      Citation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysergic_acid_diethylamide#Genetic

      April 16, 2012 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
    • MJH

      I love when people use wikipedia as a credible source for their arguments as if it was actual legitimate source lololol.

      May 17, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse |
  25. GySgtG

    it will if you work for me. i test all employees. you fail you walk that day. i don't need stoners.

    April 16, 2012 at 13:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leslie

      Agreed. Plenty of creative people are straight and don't need weed to "open the mind". Ugh, nothing worse than 50 year old dopers smoking a bowl or hitting one hitters to deal with life. There was a time and place for the stuff......put it away already.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:04 | Report abuse |

      You two need to smoke a bowl, and chill out. I see nothing wrong if someone smokes pot outside of work. I couldn't smoke it during work (I 'd be spending all my money at the snack machine), but after work...it's the only thing that makes me sleep good. It also takes the edge off of a stressful day. You know, like how people have a drink or two after work.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
    • Amish Patel

      Fair enough, but if you drink "socially" or have a wife that pops pills "socially", you really are no better than one who smokes "socially". I have my own business too, and I would rather have someone that is a pothead rather than an alcoholic any day of the week... I guess in the end it come down to personal choice. BUT, truth is, nobody in history has smoked too much and killed an innocent family driving home like someone that has drank too much and done the same... Just sayin...

      April 16, 2012 at 20:58 | Report abuse |
    • Amish Patel

      @Leslie- And I'm sure there are plenty of people in society that dont need a drink to "get social". But it helps nonetheless...

      April 16, 2012 at 21:39 | Report abuse |
  26. Boo

    The first answer regarding carcinogens is a blatent lie. Studies over the years have detemined that there IS NO LINK to marijuana and cancer.

    April 16, 2012 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • GySgtG

      wrong Boo there are over 400
      One can’t deny the fact that there are carcinogens (cancer causing agents) in weed smoke. One of the evidence for the link between cancer and marijuana are mostly derived from control studies – mainly the population-based studies. The smoke emitted from weed contains several carcinogens which are similar to the carcinogens found tobacco, but sometimes in greater amounts. When compared to tobacco smoke, weed smoke contains nearly 50-70% more carcinogens. In marijuana smoke, more than 400 chemicals have been found which cause cancer. This includes banzyprene, which is a known human carcinogen.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:07 | Report abuse |

      GySg...there are different types of mj, so I would be curious to find out what they based these results on.

      April 16, 2012 at 14:59 | Report abuse |
    • Amish Patel

      What most people fail to understand is that the government has failed us. I am 32 years old and still remember the nonsense videos they used to show in Health class about weed making people crazy. Its simply not true...So if the government failed to come correct about weed, what else are they lying about. Cocaine, Heroin, LSD? If they lied so much about weed and it's negative effectives, they must be lying about the effects of all other drugs, no? I'll just give them all a chance and see... Uh, ohhh, I just tried heroin and now I'm hooked and a burden to society. Damn, If only they would of come correct about weed...

      April 16, 2012 at 21:07 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones



      Or are you just spouting off about a subject you know nothing about? I think it's the latter, not the former.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:20 | Report abuse |
  27. Work?

    Does work performance even matter?

    April 16, 2012 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Bill

    It crackes me up to hear all the same old arguments. Sucking ANY SMOKE INTO YOUR LUNGS WILL HARM YOUR BODY! The effects of POT last for Weeks not days. Would you really like your Brain Surgeon to operate on you after a weekend of Smoking? Give me a break. Everyone looking for a way around the laws so the can sit back, get stoned, and watch life go by.

    April 16, 2012 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • T Pain

      While you drink yours away, Bill.

      April 16, 2012 at 15:54 | Report abuse |
    • Get Off My Lawn

      Bill, the point is, American adults are allowed to do harmful things to their bodies if they want. Or do you also advocate making sugar, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and a dozen other mind-altering substances illegal? We're simply after equal treatment.

      And when I had heart surgery, yes I was more concerned about my surgeon having an alcohol hangover, or too many cups of coffee that morning, than about whether he'd smoked a bowl 24 hours ago.

      And finally, all you guys really need to let go of the silly "smoke" arguments. There are other ways of using cannabis than smoking it. Even if there was hard evidence that smoking pot was linked to cancer or lung diseases (which there is NOT, but they keep looking for it), that wouldn't be an argument against cannabis, only against smoking it.

      Why do conservatives seem to always distrust the government when it's about money or guns, but implicitly trust every silly thing they make up when it's about drugs? It really isn't hard at all to look deep enough to find out they are just propaganda. The only thing that counts in science is "interdependently confirmed results". Practically none of those so-called "studies" the government sponsors are able to be reproduced elsewhere. Instead, when others try to confirm the results, they find glaring flaws in the design of the test, intentional data mining to bias the reported results, and outright fraud. It's the same as the "studies" the tobacco industry did to prove their smoke was safe. And just as easy to unmask, if you bother to look.

      April 16, 2012 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
    • Get Off My Lawn

      "interdependently" above should have been "independently". Sorry about that. I must have clicked the wrong choice on spell-check.

      April 16, 2012 at 19:33 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Hey T Pain, I don't drink.

      April 16, 2012 at 20:21 | Report abuse |
    • Bob Jones

      Hey Bill, there's such a thing as RESPONSIBLE use and IRRESPONSIBLE use.

      You failed to consider that. If a brain surgeon is operating while under the influence, that's IRRESPONSIBLE use.
      Just the same as if you are DRIVING under the influence of alcohol.

      Only stupid people do that. And only stupid people make generalizations like yours which paint an ENTIRE group of people (most of which use the substance RESPONSIBLY and with CAUSE.) with one brush. That makes you ignorant.

      Grow up, Bill. Open your eyes, and stop buying in to misinformation.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  29. david temple of the mind

    Cannabis contains phytocannabinoids which can cure cancer and treat almost any ailment known.
    THC activates our pineal gland and increases its melatonin production by 2000%. (3rd eye activation)
    Phytocannabinoids mimics our endocannabinoid system which functions everything we do.
    The endocannabinoid receptors are the most dense receptors in our entire body and brain.
    Cannabis can provide hemp, if utilized to its full potential, big corporations will lose BILLIONS $$$.
    If EVERYONE knew about the benefits of cannabis the men who willfully kept this miracle from society would be hung within seconds, for the causation of ALL THE SUFFERING OF THE WORLD.
    If everyone used cannabis (eat, smoke, vape, drink, etc) then the world would be at peace, we would realize the oneness.
    If everyone used cannabis we the people would stand up to the TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENTS and we the people will utilize all suppressed technology and give everyone expanded consciousness and awareness. AHHH Im way to ahead of my time honestly...

    April 16, 2012 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • GySgtG

      no source, then it is rumor

      April 16, 2012 at 14:20 | Report abuse |

      My supervisor went through 8 months of chemo for colon cancer. She was in severe pain part of the time, and someone gave her mj. She said it took the pain away immediately, and she was able to eat a bit more.

      April 16, 2012 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • adam

      yeah, you're way ahead of your time, that's it. i can sense the paranoia creeping in. "all the world will be one"? your naivete is showing. you think pot is gonna remedy all the suffering and problems of mankind? pot is fine for many people but hardly without it's problems. it can seriously exacerbate for mental health problems, not to mention its effects on lungs. thanks for reading, you can go back to your bong now.

      April 17, 2012 at 22:57 | Report abuse |
  30. GySgtG

    on dumb stoners think MJ is safe.

    OTTAWA, Dec. 20 (UPI) - A Canadian report says marijuana smoke contains more toxic compounds, including ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, than tobacco smoke.

    Researchers, including David Moir of the Safe Environments Program in Kitchener, Ontario, determined ammonia levels were 20 times higher in marijuana smoke than in tobacco smoke, while hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and certain aromatic amines occurred at levels 3-5 times higher in the marijuana smoke, Science Daily said Tuesday.

    The study was published in the Dec. 17 issue of American Chemical Society's journal Chemical Research in Toxicology.

    April 16, 2012 at 14:19 | Report abuse | Reply

      Sounds like the same crap they put into your hamburger meat.

      April 16, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse |
    • Get Off My Lawn

      Initial scientific results don't mean anything. The majority of first-time results can't be replicated when others try, and those studies end up in the trash can. That's why independent confirmation is the most important part of the scientific method.

      Don't you remember cold fusion? How about faster-than-light neutrinos?

      I will readily acknowledge that many, many government studies have claimed to see problems caused by cannabis use. But when other researchers, not on the government payroll, try to replicate those results, the original study turns out to be flawed...frequently in ways that it's hard to imagine weren't intentional.

      April 16, 2012 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
    • Amish Patel

      So, 4 carcinegins were higher and more potent in marijuana vs. cigarettes... What about the other 396+? IS IT JUST ME, OR....

      April 16, 2012 at 21:26 | Report abuse |
  31. GySgtG

    For more on this topic, please see Donald P. Tashkin, M.D., "Effects of Marijuana on the Lung and Its Immune Defenses," Secretary's Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Intiative: Resource Papers, March 1997, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Pages 33-51 of this address can be found at the website of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University, located at http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/druginfo/tashkin- marijuana.html.

    April 16, 2012 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. GySgtG

    you can all argue the use of weed all day. health effects, and anything else. bottom line is employers don't want stoners work for them. i fire anyone who fails the test same day. they all know and understand.

    April 16, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. JR

    BS, marijuana is pure and natural, especially if you go organic when growing it.

    April 16, 2012 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. LSG

    Perfect name for Numbnut. Numb being the operative word. Keep numbing out and dumbing down.

    April 16, 2012 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob Jones

      And you just keep on buying into the propaganda.

      That makes YOU the numbnut, not him.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  35. T Pain

    Fact: The Internet exists because of pot. You can refute it... the ethernet protocol was invented while a certain computer programmer was high. Building on ONLY HIS technology, it can therefor be surmised that the entire future of the human race was forged from marijuana. Not to mention the countless other inventors and businessmen inspired from the mind altering properties of weed. BTW... a few studies point to increased drug use among high IQ and highly educated individuals.

    April 16, 2012 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dogboythecat

      Oh, come on now...
      Everyone knows AL GORE invented the internet!

      April 16, 2012 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
  36. Concerned about the BS

    You don't smoke 20 joints a day....
    Whereas you DO smoke 20 cigarettes a day....
    It's a matter of volume.

    April 16, 2012 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Mmmmmm

    So GySgtG, your employees can't smoke weed on their OWN time, but you can spend your WORK DAY posting multiple comments and arguing with complete strangers on the internet, right? (seriously, you've posted like two dozen times on this article). You, sir, couldn't be less productive if you smoked a pound a day.

    April 16, 2012 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. dogboythecat

    Don't forget the Number One health hazard of marijuana:
    Getting Busted!

    April 16, 2012 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amish Patel

      Unless you "insure" yourself and get medical. And then, there were 50+ times more DUI/DWI arrest in the US vs. marijuana possession arrest last year alone.

      April 16, 2012 at 21:30 | Report abuse |
  39. DEIN

    Someone asked, so the source from my previous post was a medical site called Up to Date, which summarizes medical research. Another fact from their article, someone who smokes marijuana is anywhere from 3-7x more likely than someone who does not smoke marijuana and does not drink to cause an automobile accident, depending on which study was quoted. I'm sure all of you dopeheads will come up with some excuse to explain that away. Just stay off my roads.

    April 16, 2012 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amish Patel

      But even more hilarious, people that are completely sober and text while driving are 5-12X more likely to cause an accident than those who don't. Have you never texted while driving? If so, what makes you better than others...?

      April 16, 2012 at 21:33 | Report abuse |
  40. @StonerCast

    Shame on you for spreading such lies CNN. This is pure anti-marijuana propaganda painting this harmless plant as evil. The truth is that cannabis is used the world over in lieu of pharmaceuticals and successfully treats a wide variety of ailments with very little symptoms. It helps people relax and enjoy life and millions of people will attest to how better their lives are because of it.

    No one has ever died from smoking pot. Heck peanuts have killed more people than pot.

    April 16, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DEIN

      See my above post. Maybe you should reconsider the idea that no-one has ever died from the stuff? It's toxicity may be low, but it's effects can be lethal due to the impairment it causes.

      April 16, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
  41. LeglessDog

    I'd at least expect CNN to post "leftist" propaganda, if anything . . . not this DEA/FDA verbal diarrhea. It may be feasible marijuana contains more carcinogens than tobacco–but there is no way it contains more carcinogens than CIGARETTES. Tobacco != Cigarettes

    April 16, 2012 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Amish Patel

    Man, I've been puffin hard, almost everyday, for the last 15 years. I'll still outsmart most of you cats any day of the week...I dont care what you've been brainwashed to believe, I just speak the truth. I've been to over 30 countries, speak 3 languages...fluently, and have my own business. Please respond to this comment only if you have ever left N. America. If not, I don't care to speak to you...

    April 16, 2012 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. judahbenhur

    The upcoming comedy film Gone to Pot is running a FREE VIDEO CONTEST. Tell them why you like weed in a 45 sec or less video and the top 10 will appear in their film's closing credits. The top three share $10,000. Celeb judges include comedian Margaret Cho and Academy Award nominated director Peter Bogdanovich. On Facebook at gonetopotmovie or go to gonetopot.com.

    April 16, 2012 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. werd


    This whole comment section got totally powned!

    April 17, 2012 at 00:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. M-CA

    Weed is very bad for you! Don't worry about the facts.

    On a side note: Tired of those wrinkles? I will happily inject rat poison (Botox) into your face for a small fee of $150.

    Dr Raj

    April 17, 2012 at 02:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. p-dawg

    Hahahah. Pwned by your own comment section. That must be a terrific feeling.

    April 17, 2012 at 04:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Aj

    Carl Sagan, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarznegger and Joe Rogan to name but a few, have in the past or still do engage/d in using marijuana. They seem to be doing fine. Read the medical reports. Look at the history. Stop with the uninformed answers.

    April 17, 2012 at 06:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RD

    Too bad no sources are cited in this article. Here are several sources, including the NIH, that say tobacco is more carcinogenic than marijuana, and that the THC can act as a protective agent against cancer:

    There is also a lot of ambiguity and inconsistency between the question and the response. The question refers to a casual user smoking occasionally on the weekend. The response starts off "It sure can" but then refers to "frequent users" without going into any depth on what rate of frequency is required and whether or not infrequent users experience the same lasting effects.

    This article doe not provide trustworthy advice and is not well-researched journalism.

    April 17, 2012 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. therealrodsmith

    The only compliment I can give this idiotic article is that it's less time-consuming than those equally idiotic anti-pot movies once shown in high schools.

    April 21, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Al

    I saw a report on the an MJ study and lung function recently. It was reported to be the most definitive study on the matter. The study looked at lung function (not cancer) of MJ users. MJ users had better lung capacity than non-users (their lung capacity increased during the study) and than smokers (smokers' VO2 max decreased during the study). I'm sure a quick search will reveal the study for you. I've not been able to find anything that supports the writer's notion that MJ causes cancer.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:30 | Report abuse | Reply
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