At this point, the medicinal benefits of cannabis are widely accepted, with even CNN’s top doctor touting its positives and NIDA opening up to discussing its therapeutic value. However, one sticking point remains: is it safe to smoke? As noted by Medical Daily, “if smoking cigarettes, or basically anything else, can damage the lungs, then the smoke from marijuana should as well.”
Although that may seem like a very common sense position and is the main reason cited by Governor Cuomo for why New York State won’t have a cool medical weed program like in other states, a new Emory University study indicates that moderate amounts of smoked herbals DO NOT fuck up the lungs as much as preciously thought, according to science:
In a cross-sectional analysis using data from two rounds of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), researchers found that adults aged 18 to 59 who smoked one marijuana cigarette — aka joint — a day were still able to forcibly exhale the same volume of air in one second (known as forced expiratory volume, or FEV1) as someone who didn’t smoke marijuana. Measuring a person’s ability to exhale is called spirometry, and it’s the go-to method for diagnosing respiratory diseases, which impair lung function.
Marijuana users who smoked joints were also more likely to report minor bronchitis-like symptoms such as cough and sore throat, Mic reported. These effects appeared less often in smokers who used vaporizers, which heat the marijuana up just enough to release the active chemicals without combusting them. That meant it probably wasn’t the marijuana that caused the symptoms, but the papers the participants used to roll their joints.
And apparently it’s not the only study of this type. There has been previous research with similar results:
The current studies findings echo results from previous research. In one study from 2012, researchers found that people who smoked weed each day for seven years experienced no adverse effects to pulmonary function. In another study from 2013, researcher Donald P. Tashkin, from the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, found “habitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function when assessed either cross-sectionally or longitudinally, except for possible increases in lung volumes and modest increases in airway resistance of unclear clinical significance.
Thanks for the study, smart people, but is there any way one of the authors involved in the research can take a moment and let the governor know about these latest findings before he fucks up New York’s medical pot?
(Photo: Pablo Mirano)
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This 1989 Mazda RX7 GTUs (chassis JM1FC3318K0703615) is offered by the second owner who bought the car from the original owner in 2012. He had to have the engine rebuilt at the time due to the driving pattern of the original owner, apparently just to the country club and back for many years. The GTUs model is a de-contented lightweight of sorts, but with all the turbo model’s suspension and performance parts except with no forced induction. 1100 were supposedly made, and this might be the nicest one still in existence. Find it ending today here on eBay in Cincinnati, Ohio. Special thanks to BaT reader Nicholas D. for this submission!
The red paint is said to be all original. The black interior looks clean but the photos offered are pretty weak. A Nakamichi stereo resides in the dash, but otherwise things look stock. We like the red and black combo on this car, and the seats look like they have held up well.
The GTUs name is a bit of a mystery. Does it mean this was a USA-only model, or was this model sold elsewhere? The seller lists the following as the GTUs specs:
The engine bay is very clean, and we like the painted 13B RE intake manifold.
Below is a full review of the GTUs model from MotorWeek back in 1989. Does anyone else have Owings Mills, Maryland’s zip code memorized from watching John Davis recite it on that show for so many years?
A half-naked man in Tijuana, Mexico, found himself higher than an astronaut and cornered by police on both sides of a bridge. So he did the only thing you can when you're higher than an astronaut and half-naked in Tijuana, Mexico – he jumped.
I was not sure race cars even could go this sideways.
This is the 1994 Ford Power Stroke Concept. It looks like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile wearing a raccoon mask. Back then Ford pitched this drivable showpiece as "a suggestion of what tomorrow could bring." How close do you think it came to panning out?
ITS SHART. ITS A BIG ASS SHART
On an overcast 70-degree day in mid-October, about forty thrill-seeking bike messengers and cyclists sped off on an illegal bike race known as the alleycat, zig-zagging through traffic, running through red lights, and evading NYPD to compete for a hefty first place prize of $1,000 courtesy of the Coca-Cola Company, one of many sponsors. None of the competitors — mostly men on road and fixed gear bikes — knew where the 34-mile course would take them until the start of the race.
The La Marqueta Chase Alleycat started and finished at 116th and Park Avenue, celebrating the recent reopening of the marketplace under East Harlem’s Metro North railway tracks. The race “connected riders to a series of markets throughout the city, borough to borough,” said Diego Gerena-Quiñones, a messenger for Street Kings. Unlike other alleycats, the race didn’t require paper stamping at checkpoints. Instead, riders took selfies and posted them on Instagram with hashtag #LaMarquetaChase. Dominican Chris won the grueling race, finishing in just under 2.5 hours, followed by Mike and Austin Horse, according to co-organizer JC ‘Diablo’ Ramirez.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was there to show support for her district and constituency. “It’s a way to play up the community,” she said. However, she admitted, “I don’t know what to expect.”
(Video: Brendan McInerney, Aaron Sheer, Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)
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A St. Louis County grand jury has decided against indicting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, to the surprise of virtually no one, but the disappointment of a nation. The Brown family released the following statement:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join us with our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French shared a Vine of Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, surrounded by protestors. She said, “They still don’t care. They ain’t never gone care.”
Michael Brown's mother with supporters outside the Ferguson Police Department. https://t.co/TV5uJYGtdx
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) November 25, 2014
"They still don't care. They ain't never gone care." – mother of Michael Brown, unarmed teenager killed by … https://t.co/pBSp35GFWS
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) November 25, 2014
Tear gas is flying.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 25, 2014
Tune into an amateur livestream below.
Protesters vandalize police car.
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) November 25, 2014
Darren Wilson’s lawyers releases a statement about decision not to indict.
There’s a police car on fire in Ferguson.
— Rick Meyer (@RickMeyerKSDK) November 25, 2014
Protests are taking place in cities all across the United States, including New York.
— Frédéric Arnould (@FredericArnould) November 25, 2014
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was “splattered” with fake blood at a Ferguson protest in Times Square.
— Jeff Rae (@jeffrae) November 25, 2014
The aftermath of splattering from another angle.
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) November 25, 2014
There have been several reports of looting on West Florissant.
— Jeanie Smith (@JeanieSmithKSDK) November 25, 2014
Several vehicles at a car dealership burned.
— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) November 25, 2014
(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)
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I gotta learn how to do a wheelie.
Lego. Always good. Never hateful.
This couldn't be more perfect of a situation
I'll be honest with you, readers, because you're the only ones I really trust: I love a good fiasco. I mean, if something's going to go wrong, I love a nice avalanche of wrong to really settle things. And it should end with a parade, or maybe a dead horse. This video of a guy trying to park a Fiat 500 comes shockingly close to that.