Can Marijuana Cause Cancer?



Marijuana and Cancer

There are many causes for many kinds of cancer. Health and longevity also have many reasons behind them and the reasons are as detailed and unique as the individuals involved.

I’m not saying this as a wishy-washy answer to this question. I’m saying it because it’s true. Media and our society’s almost complete lack of appropriate education and interests has led to an over-simplifying mind set that demands answers, demands them now and demands them in their own over-simplified terms.

Reality isn’t like that.

Marijuana as a Catalyst for Cancer

So when you ask if marijuana causes cancer, the real answer is that if you take too much of nearly anything it can become a catalyst for cancer. The question winds up having nothing to do with marijuana or cancer because it is too simplified to have any meaning.

The issue boils down to this: Are we talking about marijuana use, or marijuana abuse? Can marijuana abuse cause cancer? Abusing anything can contribute to cancer. Does that make it a cause?

What about occasional use of marijuana? Can it cause cancer? The answer is that it could be a factor, but it could also actually help as well. It all depends on the individual. It depends on her/his psychology, physiology and the many lifestyle choices s/he makes each day.

It also depends on her/his genetics and what aspects of these genetics get activated and/or inhibited by her/his daily choices.

It also depends on her/his environment.

It also depends on his/her diet, job and an infinitude of other factors.

Some of those factors we can understand. Some of them we can’t.

What About The Person?

From the point of view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we have to look at the state of the individual. Is s/he too hot? Too cold? A combination of these things? Is s/he deficient? Excessive?

To really answer this question of whether marijuana causes cancer we have to ask how does the spicy, warm to hot and poisonous nature of marijuana interact with an individual? If s/he is already too hot and toxic, then marijuana’s not going to help. But if s/he’s cold and wet, it might.

Many cancers are in fact congealed pockets of cold and wetness. It stands to reason that marijuana might actually be a tool that the patient could use against these kinds of cancer.

A Question of Balance

Anybody involved with Traditional Chinese Medicine in a serious way would know how to synergize marijuana with other herbs to enhance its good effects and diminish the negative ones. So maybe we could add some dimension to our original question by also asking what is the original condition of the patient and what does this individual balance his or her marijuana use with? Does s/he balance it at all? The real answers to the questions of cancer come in the form of answering the questions of balance.


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This is just a synopsis of my clinical findings. For extensive details on how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to

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For extensive details on how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to

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