Long Term Cannabis Use Reduces Risk Of Cancer
Although it has been well documented that the compounds of cannabis have the ability to inhibit and fight active cancer cells, research has always focused on cancer that is already present. New research from the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, published in the journal Urology, has found that regular cannabis use also reduces the likelihood of ever developing cancer in the first place.
By looking at the association of cannabis use and tobacco use in the onset of bladder cancer in more than 80,000 men, they were able to determine that not only is cannabis use not associated with bladder cancer, but that it also appeared to reduce the risk of getting it.
According to the researchers, “After adjusting for age, race or ethnicity, and body mass index, using tobacco only was associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer (hazard regression 1.52) whereas cannabis use was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence (HR 0.55)”
It’s another piece of pretty significant research, (I know we say it a lot, but we are living in awesome times!). It distinctly highlights the anti-cancer effects of cannabis; although, it would be wrong of us to say that this is 100% causation, and not simple correlation. Though saying this, the research is backed up by older research from Brown University, in which it was found that long term cannabis use was associated with a reduced risk of developing head and neck cancers. The future is green, people!