Pubdate: Wed, 24 Aug 2005
Source: Windsor Star (CN ON)
Copyright: The Windsor Star 2005
Author: Kevin Bowen


Liz Philp's letter suggesting that pot causes lung cancer might be a tad of 
a stretch. The conclusion of Chapter 7 of the Senate Report, referred to 
earlier, states in part: "the committee concludes ... cannabis use presents 
no harmful consequences for physical, psychological or social well-being in 
either the short or the long term."

Chapter 13, Regulating therapeutic use of cannabis, outlines a category 2 
eligibility for medical access for individuals who suffer from specific 
symptoms like severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss and/or severe 
nausea, associated with some serious medical conditions which include cancer.

Our Senate concluded that pot does not cause cancer and that some cancer 
patients successfully medicate their symptoms with pot.

Irrespective of the views expressed by our Senate, I agree with Ms. Philps 
that pot should not be primarily smoked. Inhalation of the vapours of 
heated pot through a vaporizer introduces only water vapour and 
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) into our lungs. You experience the active 
ingredient of pot without any burned paper residue.

The consumption of pot oil, extracted from dried marijuana flowers using 
100-per-cent pure alcohol, combined with chocolate, provides an option for 
ingesting the active ingredient THC, avoiding the lungs altogether.

Last year, a man in Turkey died from an overdose of sugar. Apparently he 
was the "winner" in an all-you-can-eat pastry contest.

Far from causing cancer, the consumption of the dried flowers from a 
natural plant is less toxic than most substances, including sugar.

Kevin Bowen

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