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Sean P Silverman 8 December 1999 Hurry Up Long recognized as one of Gods greatest gifts to mankind Ganja truly can heal the earth Unknown to many today cannabis hemp was used worldwide in paper fiber lamp oil and nautical applications throughout the 19th century constituting possibly the largest agricultural and industrial businesses in America Herer 83 In the early part of the 1800s cannabis was the number one medicine in the US 83 It held that spot tightly until it was nudged to second place by morphine in 1863 unseated again in 1901 by aspirin 83 Throughout its usage history doctors did not consider the effects of cannabis to be habit forming anti-social or violent As Herer explains Mary Jane contains sixty compounds that are currently known to have therapeutic value Unlike tobacco smoke cannabis smoke does not alter the small airways in any way Small airway damage is where cigarette smoking causes its most long-term and permanent damage 110 In total cigarettes are responsible for the deaths of 430000 Americans each year 110 Despite the fact that tens of millions of Americans smoke pot regularly there was still not one death attributed to the drug as of 1997 110 A 1976 report by Dr Tashkin MD of UCLA found that cannabis was more of an irritant than cigarette tobacco in just one of the twenty-nine areas of the human lung under study 110 In the large air passageway marijuana smoke is fifteen times more irritating than cigarette smoke Often glossed over is the fact that tobacco causes only minimal disruption to this area hence the improper statistic that one joint causes lung damage equivalent to several cigarettes On a hugely ironic note the US government
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