Study Ties Smoking Cannabis to Testicular Cancer

By Samantha Wahl

Scientists are working on solving the mysteries surrounding cancer, its causes, and potential cures. But as legalization trends across the U.S., so does the demand for stronger research. As we normalize consumption, we need to understand cannabis’ influence on the disease.

Unfortunately, a recent study has just revealed a potential consequence. An analysis published by Jama Network Open, found that men who smoke cannabis could risk developing testicular cancer.

What we Know:

Researchers gathered data from subjects who smoked one joint per day for ten years. While many cancerous diseases were tested, results showed smoking for an extended time period most affected growth of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs). Outcomes regarding other cancers were negligible.

Don’t Panic.

This new information is scary for many men. Especially those with ten years of smoking under their belts. However, it’s not the say-all, end-all. It’s just one study. 

The investigation was somewhat ambiguous. The report noted that some of its subjects smoke tobacco or drink alcohol. This could compromise the integrity of any cannabis-specific information.

Additionally, “Low-strength evidence suggests that smoking marijuana is associated with developing TGCTs; its association with other cancers and the consequences of higher levels of use are unclear,”  the conclusion highlights.  

Essentially, researchers demonstrated that not all men who enjoy a daily J are bound to get cancer down there. They’re saying it’s a possibility.

What we can do:

So, should we toss our stashes in the trash? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Should we, at the least, consider our stones next time we get stoned? It’s always a good idea to cautious. But, perhaps we should focus on the presence of smoke in this study. 

Instead of nixing all weed, we can improve our habits. There are other ways to indulge in pot. For those willing to explore new THC territories, put your blunts on the back burner. Instead, give tinctures and topicals a try. An edible will satiate the need for weed, too. Until we receive some stronger data, this could be a good opportunity to give our lungs a break.

Emerald contributor since September 2019

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