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    It seems like I hear about a new medical benefit from marijuana every few months.

    *takes a hit for health*

    Marijuana Ingredient May Fight Bacteria

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    By HENRY FOUNTAIN
    Published: September 5, 2008

    Marijuana may be something of a wonder drug — though perhaps not in the way you might think.

    Researchers in Italy and Britain have found that the main active ingredient in marijuana — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — and related compounds show promise as antibacterial agents, particularly against microbial strains that are already resistant to several classes of drugs.

    It has been known for decades that Cannabis sativa has antibacterial properties. Experiments in the 1950s tested various marijuana preparations against skin and other infections, but researchers at the time had little understanding of marijuana’s chemical makeup.

    The current research, by Giovanni Appendino of the University of the Eastern Piedmont and colleagues and published in The Journal of Natural Products, looked at the antibacterial activity of the five most common cannabinoids. All were found effective against several common multi-resistant bacterial strains, although, perhaps understandably, the researchers suggested that the nonpsychotropic cannabinoids might prove more promising for eventual use.

    The researchers say they don’t know how the cannabinoids work, and whether they would be effective as systemic antibiotics would require much more research and trials. But the compounds may prove useful sooner as a topical agent against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, to prevent the microbes from colonizing on the skin.
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    Good thing it's illegal.
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    I'd check this against considerable research that points to marijuana as an immunosuppressant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    I'd check this against considerable research that points to marijuana as an immunosuppressant.
    I read about that study a while ago, they used extremely large doses of THC on animals, and even with that, there wasn't a large effect on the immune system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    I read about that study a while ago, they used extremely large doses of THC on animals, and even with that, there wasn't a large effect on the immune system.
    Smoking anything is not good for you, but there are worse things than marijuana. The biggest negative side effect to me would be contentment with doing nothing all the time. Not everyone gets that, but many do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    It seems like I hear about a new medical benefit from marijuana every few months.
    I assume most of them are hastily concluded bullshit. This pingpong match is ridiculous. People trade fabricated facts for and against marijuana back and forth. Everyone knows that the government has warped the truth about marijuana, but then a great deal of people that use it also seem to glorify the drug beyond any reasonable capacity.

    My own understanding is that marijuana leans very mildly toward the "not good for you" side. Especially if taken by smoking, of course. I personally loath the effects of marijuana on people, but I suppose that's purely subjective.
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    The concept of inhaling burnt plant matter into one's lungs for health is pretty laughable. The chemical components of marijuana may have positive effects when isolated, sure. That does not translate into "smoking weed is good for you."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Smoking anything is not good for you, but there are worse things than marijuana. The biggest negative side effect to me would be contentment with doing nothing all the time. Not everyone gets that, but many do.
    I don't know, I think you've been watching too much South Park. I don't know anyone who smokes pot and "does nothing". They do what they were going to do anyways, except while high.

    Maybe when I first started smoking, the high was so strong and new that I was content just analyzing it and doing nothing, that ended quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I assume most of them are hastily concluded bullshit. This pingpong match is ridiculous. People trade fabricated facts for and against marijuana back and forth. Everyone knows that the government has warped the truth about marijuana, but then a great deal of people that use it also seem to glorify the drug beyond any reasonable capacity.

    My own understanding is that marijuana leans very mildly toward the "not good for you" side. Especially if taken by smoking, of course. I personally loath the effects of marijuana on people, but I suppose that's purely subjective.
    The people who use pot aren't the ones making these studies, I'm not sure what you're point is with that first paragraph. Government does the bullshit studies (or they will do good studies but now tell anyone about the results) and universities perform studies.

    Smoking is bad, but when no one knows anyone who has gotten lung cancer, or anything equally bad, from smoking it, you begin to wonder just how bad it really is.

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