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The Cannabis smoke signal

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,General,Men's Health — Downunder @ 9:39 pm Tue 31st July 2007

New research suggests a single joint of cannabis damages the lungs as much as smoking five cigarettes in one go.

The study, carried out by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, found the drug forces the lungs to work harder by obstructing air flow and causes chest tightness and wheezing.

The study found that of the 339 people tested, only those who smoked tobacco suffered from the lung disease emphysema, but cannabis use still stopped the lungs working properly.


Using marijuana increases the risk of one day developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia, according to a study that provides some of the strongest evidence yet linking the drug to a mental disorder.

Marijuana is one the most commonly used illegal substances in many countries with up to 20 percent of young people in places like Britain reporting either some use or heavy use, British researchers said, citing government statistics.


  1. Criminalising cannabis prevents this health message from getting across to yound people. On the plus side it does demonstrate to our young people that the law is an ass. It is better that our citizens learn the laws are misguided and useless early in life – because it would be a bigger shock if they discover this later in life.

    Comment by Dave — Wed 1st August 2007 @ 3:24 pm

  2. How is this random health advice relevant to this site?

    Comment by John Brett — Wed 1st August 2007 @ 4:48 pm

  3. How is it not relevant?

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Wed 1st August 2007 @ 7:01 pm

  4. I agree with its relativity if we are to group together and form a collective position, otherwise as Scrap says it is a waste of time.

    A friend has just rung me on the issue knowing that I write regularly to politicians, and for the point of what he is asking I will keep his comments only to this site. 211 Plabs have been closed and there are more. Australia, he says don’t know what P is, so it is very much a national problem. He wants us to do something about it. He is one of the finest fathers I know. His commitment to his daughter and sons is extraordinary. He reckons a reward of $5000 shuold be put up for disclosing a Plab – asking me if I agree. I want them closed for sure even though I want as much the root causes of the damage to be identified and closed down – that being a lack of principle and discipline as should be exercised by our elected authorities. So yes I agree with him.

    Why is this relevant John? Because we will only make changes if we stand together to protect our children. Otherwise it is a talkfest. Talk, talk, talk, yak, yak, yak, yabber, yabber, yabber. Tupperware anyone?

    Comment by Benjamin Easton — Thu 2nd August 2007 @ 11:07 am

  5. talkfest. Talk, talk, talk, yak, yak, yak, yabber, yabber, yabber is when you talk about anything that comes to mind.
    I thought this site was specifically for issues relating to the Mens movement.
    If not, how about articles on investment? on car maintenance? on cooking recipes? how about travel?
    How about going to a different site if you want to discuss other issues?
    Otherwise Menz will become just a general Talk, talk, talk, yak, yak, yak, yabber, yabber, yabber.

    Comment by John Brett — Thu 2nd August 2007 @ 3:10 pm

  6. I don’t think menz is at risk of being emasulated by discussion on cannabis.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Thu 2nd August 2007 @ 5:00 pm

  7. Cannabis is used by lots of guys to deal with the pain inflicted upon them in a misandric culture where men routinely get treated as second class, only valued for performing other’s agendas usually involving some kind of dirty/undesirable work or otherwise regarded as disposable.
    Cannabis offers a temporary high to alleviate the ensuing depression resulting from feeling the boot heel of misandric feminist culture.
    Using cannabis also offers a social subgroup network of users which can ameliorate alienation and isolation to some degree.
    Ultimately though getting stoned doesn’t get rid of your problems and such behaviour done on a regular basis long term just leads to delayed intellectual and emotional growth.
    This is a huge issue for the menfolk of nz and so is entirely appropriate to be included here.
    Thanks for that Bevan.

    Comment by Stephen — Fri 3rd August 2007 @ 12:15 pm

  8. Not being a cannabis smoker there is one thing that I am curious about. To answer, you must have experienced beer and cannabis independently, in the presence of women. Which one has the most positive influence on the least attractive women.

    Comment by Bevan Berg — Mon 6th August 2007 @ 11:52 am

  9. According to the documentary on Prime last night, alcohol (drunk by a man) makes women look 25% more attractive.

    Also interesting (and somewhat more on-topic) is that women experience a sharp spike in testosterone levels after just a couple of drinks making them much more horny and aggressive.

    Unfortunately, I personally find drunk women fairly unattractive so I’ve never found booze to be a successful seduction strategy.

    As for cannabis however – yes it is off-topic for this site, unless there is a particular gender angle involved in the article.

    Therefore, I’m turning the comments off now.

    Comment by JohnP — Thu 9th August 2007 @ 12:25 pm

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