Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Smoking Marijuana Is Acid Forming and May Cause Stroke, Heart Attack or Heart Dis-ease

Heavy marijuana use can boost blood levels of a
particular alkaline buffering protein, indicating
a rising risk factor for an acidic heart attack or
stroke, U.S. government researchers said on Tuesday.

Dr. Jean Lud Cadet of the National Institute on
acidic Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes
of Health, said the findings point to another example
of long-term harm from marijuana. But marijuana
activists expressed doubt about the findings.

Cadet said a lot of previous research has focused
on the effects of marijuana or acid on the brain.
His team looked elsewhere in the body, measuring
blood protein levels in 18 long-term, heavy
marijuana users and 24 other people who did not
use the drug.

Levels of a protein called apolipoprotein C-III
were found to be 30 percent higher in the
marijuana users compared to the others. This
protein is involved in the body's metabolism or
chelation of triglycerides — a type of an acidic
fat found in the blood — and higher levels cause
increased levels of triglycerides (acid bound
fat), Cadet added.

"High levels of triglycerides (acid bound fat) can
build up on the arterial wall causing hardening of
the arteries or thickening of the artery walls,
raising the risk of an acidic stroke, heart attack
and/or heart dis-ease," states Dr. Robert O. Young,
a research scientist at the pH Miracle Living
Center.

"Chronic marijuana use is not only causing people
to get high, it's actually causing long-term adverse
effects in patients who use too much of the drug,"
Cadet, whose study is in the journal Molecular
Psychiatry, said in a telephone interview.
"Chronic marijuana abuse is not so benign."

The marijuana users in the study averaged smoking
78 to 350 marijuana cigarettes per week, based on
self-reported drug history, the researchers said.

The researchers said the active acidic ingredient
in marijuana, known as THC, seems to overstimulate
marijuana receptors in the liver, leading to
over-production of the protein.

Cadet said higher levels of the protein in marijuana
users could raise future risk for cardiac abnormalities,
blood flow problems, heart attack and stroke.

Cadet's team said the findings suggest long-term
harm from marijuana acids beyond issues such as
impaired learning, poor memory retention and
retrieval and perceptual abnormalities.

According Dr. Young, "using marijuana for medicinal
purposes can only lead to increased systemic latent
tissue acidosis and the destruction of the alkaline
design of the body. Marijuana is acidifying to the
blood and tissues and therefore cannot bring balance,
harmony, energy or health to the body."

16 comments:

dollly said...

What is the agenda here? Seventy-eight marijuana cigarettes a week is way more than most regular smokers. Take any behavior to a ridiculous extreme and you can find negative consequences. I walk 3-7 miles a day and smoke one joint a day. By your calculations, what would the harm be if I walked 256 miles a week? Probably foot problems and who knows what else. Give it a rest.

tarabeara said...

Amen. That is RIDICULOUS! 78 to 350 a week?! That definitely IS abuse of a beneficial substance. People die if they drink too much water, too (polydipsia).

sanjay said...

Dang, can i sighn up for this study? totaly worth "increased risk of stroke" if you get to smoke 100 joints a day.

Hugo Martin said...

Yeah, yet again the 'anti-drug' researchers have shot themselves in the foot. Who smokes 78 to 350 joints a week??? Who could afford to even if you wanted to? At the 'lower end' that is more than 10 joints a day!

Smoking may be acid forming, but is cannabis, a flowering herb really acidic? It seems to just be jumbled in with tobacco and 'illegal' drugs like cocaine on PH balance sites and yet nowhere can I find a scientific analysis of cannabis' actual ph in the human body.

Hugo Martin said...

Here's some info I found about Marijuana (eaten, not smoked) which states that while the seed and seed oil are acid forming, the leaf (and flower) are alkalinizing. Sorry lost the site, but here is the info:

"Though Cannabis seeds are very nutritious, I personally no longer believe it is right to say that the seed of the Cannabis plant is nature’s most perfectly balanced food. This is because all seeds, to a greater or lesser extent, are acid forming. Though pre-soaking of the seeds removes the enzyme inhibitors and makes the seed more digestible and nutritious, it is still slightly acid forming.

Acid imbalance is a major root problem to the general state of poor health of people consuming a 'westernized' diet of meat, dairy, frozen, cooked, processed and micro waved foods along with the widely popular drugs of refined sugar, alcohol and tobacco. All these drugs/foods create an acid environment, in which diseases thrive.


Therefore for a food to be 'nutritionally balanced', it must bring us back to a neutral pH, or better still, slightly alkaline.

The leaves and flowers of the Cannabis plant are highly alkaline. So a more accurate statement would be "The Cannabis
Plant is natures most perfectly balanced food", a view shared by Raw Food pioneer, David Wolfe.

Not only are the leaves and flowers, highly alkaline, but are also one of the highest mineral containing plants. They also
contain high levels of Chlorophyll and EFA's.

The flowers also contain a unique group of chemical compounds called the Cannabinoids. The Cannabinoids, of which
Tctrahydocannabinol is the most abundant, is a very powerful! Anti-oxidant, and is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic."

Saulius said...

What about other drugs, like peyote, LSD, Psylocybin from mushrooms? We need alkaline drugs! It would be amazing to have a drug that also contributes to one's health.

Humble Lion said...

Hugo, great post.... I'm always reading about nutrition and alkaline vs acidic foods and herbs. Never came across that but I'm glad I have. Great info. Definately burns a hole in this study.

The example group must have been Rastafarians. I read that an average rasta smokes 7-10 joints a day... But those guys play soccer all day and are ripped. So if a large group of people using marijuana at very high levels can maintain lean physiques, they must have a slighly alkaline body, since muscles need an anabolic environment to thrive. An acidic body reflects excess fat and saggy tissues.

natasha said...

wow, i wonder if these people know that eating 293 lbs of spinach can cause iron overdose. what a ridiculous arguement. all things we consume are either acidic or alkaline. for example: nuts and grains are VERY acidic.... So should we quit eating them altogether? Also good to know... Most high protien foods are very acidic. Most alkaline foods are very high in carbohydrates. And our body needs both to function properly. Potatoes are extremely alkaline. So now that i read this article, i will make sure i eat a baked potato when i have the munchies. Im not saiyng there are no strong arguments to be made against weed. Im just saying that this isnt one of them.

natasha said...

...also good to know is that pharmaceuticals such as tylenol, antidepressants etc. leave far higher quantities of acidic ash in the body than marijuana does. Acidophilus (a supplement proven to boost immunity, and regulate digestion) is also off the charts for acidity.

scrable_fire_soldier said...

at the end of the day they have no right to treat us like children if we want to hurt ourselves we could just get a gun but they still sell tobacco and alcohol which kills you but its sold legally so fuck all you medical faggits go make us more drugs like heroin and LSD you hypocritical jokes

barbiesweet said...

Hope everyone is well, I have one question if a young person with anxiety smoked one maijuana laced with acid what would be the long term effect

Just tryin to help said...

barbiesweet said...

Hope everyone is well, I have one question if a young person with anxiety smoked one maijuana laced with acid what would be the long term effect

12:48 PM

It will have no future effects which it hasn't caused by now. Just don't try that again....acid is extremely dangerous.

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DontYaTalkSIlly said...

The optimum ph for soil in which cannibis is to grow is the same as the optimum ph for the human heart.
This study is a load of crap. They measure people who smoke 10-40 joints probably also loaded with chemical enriched tobacco and then use that as proof that cannibis is bad? Ridiculous.