A study conducted by a group of researchers from a University in Western Australia has shown that cannabis causes more cancers than tobacco does. And as you may know, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths on a global scale. Each year, tobacco kills more than 7 million people. From the mentioned study it appears that cannabis is more lethal than tobacco. Does marijuana kill? How many people die from cannabis consumption each year? Off the bat, it is easy to spot glaring inaccuracies in that train of thought.
Details of the Study
Researchers from the University if Western Australia conducted a population study encompassing “the whole of the US” across a span of 15 years. The result linked tobacco use to 14 cancers while it linked cannabis use to 27 different cancers. This led the researchers to conclude that cannabis causes more cancers than tobacco and is therefore more harmful. Even CBD, which is believed to be relatively safe, was linked to 12 cancers. In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report where they stated that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”
The research was funded by a non-profit organization that is involved with ridding Australia of drugs aka “Drug Free Australia.” Gary Christian, the lead researcher at the organization, has warned Australians about the potential dangers of medical cannabis, based on findings from the study.
Here are a few contentious issues about this study.
- Was the population study conducted on the “whole of America” as claimed?
The researchers have claimed that this 15 years population study was conducted on the entire American population. Going by the sheer volume of sample size that would be required for such a study, we choose to dismiss this claim as mere hyperbole and a load of baloney.
- It all boils down to how the cannabis was cultivated
The researchers make no mention of organic growing practices or other measures that were put in place to guarantee that the cannabis was medical grade. Of course, if any kind of marijuana was considered it would not be surprising to have such results. Heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants that can be found in cannabis have cancer-causing properties.
- Skimpy Details About The Study
This is a mystery study since the title and the names of the researchers are a secret. While the article has a recording there is no direct link to this population study. How then should one scrutinize the methodologies used?
- Did You Say Drug-Free Australia?
The fact that the study was allegedly funded by “Drug Free Australia” takes us back to the failed war on drugs and the dark years of cannabis prohibition and stigmatization. It appears that this is just a ditch effort to take marijuana back to the gutters.
- Hundreds of Studies Have Shown The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis, Unlike Tobacco
It’s unimaginable that one would even attempt to pit tobacco against cannabis. Hundreds of studies have demonstrated the immense therapeutic potential of cannabis. Such studies have been used to “qualify” several conditions for medical cannabis treatment. Tobacco, on the other hand, has no known medical value.
Tobacco is known as the leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. Each year, we lose about 7 million people to tobacco. With all the research done on cannabis, no studies have linked marijuana use directly to death.
Until the full details of the study have been revealed for evaluation, we can safely conclude that this is a hysterical claim that has no scientific backing.