Fox News Infected With "Reefer Madness"

Fox News is running an alarmist story today under the outrageous headline, “Marijuana Not Only Gets You High, It Damages Your DNA.”
The ‘news’ story, which several other mainstream media outlets are also promoting, is based on a new British study assessing the effects of, ahem, “calf thymus DNA treated in vitro (in a Petri dish) … with the smoke generated from 1, 5, and 10 cannabis cigarettes.”
Yes, really.
So how did Fox “We report, you decide” News summarize this non-story? Let’s take a look.

What Fox News reported: “Smoking marijuana not only gets you high, but it also alters your DNA.”

What the study actually said: “[T]hese results provide evidence for the DNA damaging potential of cannabis smoke, implying that the consumption of cannabis cigarettes may be detrimental to human health with the possibility to initiate cancer development.”

What Fox News reported: “There have been many studies on the toxicity of tobacco smoke,” researcher Rajinder Singh said in a news release. “Cannabis in contrast has not been so well studied.”

What Fox News didn’t report: From the March 2009 issue of the scientific journal Medicinal Research Reviews, “Research on the chemistry and pharmacology of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids has reached enormous proportions. … [A]pproximately 15,000 articles on Cannabis sativa L. and cannabinoids and over 2,000 articles on endocannabinoids (are available in the scientific literature).”

What Fox News reported: “Singh said cannabis smoke contains 400 compounds including 60 cannabinoids. It also contains 50 percent more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including naphthalene, benzanthracene, and benzopyrene, than tobacco smoke, Singh added.”

What Fox News didn’t report: From the November 2007 issue of the scientific journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, “Vaporization of marijuana does not result in exposure to combustion gases, … and [was] preferred by most subjects compared to marijuana cigarettes. … The Volcano [vaporizer] device is an effective and apparently safe vehicle for THC delivery, and warrants further investigation in clinical trials of cannabis for medical purposes.”

What Fox News reported: “‘The smoking of 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,’ the team wrote in the journal.”

Except for the fact that it isn’t. In fact, here’s what Donald Tashkin of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, had to say about the subject earlier this month in an interview with the McClatchy newspaper chain. (**Note: Dr. Tashkin has performed US-government sponsored studies of marijuana and lung function for over 30 years and is considered to be the United States’ — if not the world’s — foremost expert on the subject.)
“What we found instead was no association (between marijuana smoking and cancer) and even a suggestion of some protective (anti-cancer) effect. … Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects. But at this point, I’d be in favor of legalization (of marijuana). I wouldn’t encourage anybody to smoke any substances. But I don’t think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance. Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm.”
Just for the record, in 2006, Tashkin led the largest population case-control study (yes, Dr. Tashkin actually performed research on humans, not ‘calf thymus DNA’) ever to assess the use of marijuana and lung cancer risk. The study, which included more than 2,200 subjects (1,212 cases and 1,040 controls), reported that marijuana smoking was not positively associated with cancers of the lung or upper aerodigestive tracteven among individuals who reported smoking more than 22,000 joints during their lifetime.
Let the folks at Fox put that in their pipe and smoke it.

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  1. Just saw AC Cooper and he actually pulled one out of the hat tonight. Not too much negative and Dr. Gupta was very fair. Agreed that there are medical benefits and as a neuro-surgeon he has some credibility. While they didn’t get at all it was a decent report.

  2. By now it should be no secret the mass media, including Fox, is just another tool government uses to indoctrinate the masses. “Reefer Madness” rages on. Of course very health conscious people should not smoke cannabis. They should vape or consume edibiles. But adult citizens in this country freely choose to do and not do a multitude of things, most of which do not violate the freedom and liberty of others, and those things are in compliance with God’s will for human kind as cited in the Constitution of the United States. Ding Dong and Ho Ho porno food causes disasterous health ill effects in this country. What next, the prohibition of the production, distribution, sale and possession of sugar? Prohibitionist violation of God’s will for people to live free in liberty will not go unpunished. Truth is prying the strangle hold of prohibitionists’ spiteful hands from the throats of freedom loving Americans. I am rather poor and not too smart, but my God expects me to do all that I can for what is right. One of the things I try and manage is every time I get even a few bucks ahead, I send some, even if its just a very little, to NORML, MPP and LEAP. I wish I could do more; all freedom loving American patriots deserve it.

  3. USDA fact. DNA testing can tell if you have been eating Organic corn, or even which type of Genitically modified corn was in your breakfast. I wonder what KELLOGS studys show.

  4. I watch fox from time to time,they have some good stuff at times,but I really hate it when they talk about cannabis. They just dont have it right or they get it wrong on purpose. Wish they would get their facts straight or not report on cannabis at all.

  5. The way I see it,It dont matter what tv news reorts on cannabis,its gonna be biased or they do it to pull in ratings or both. The internet is the best place for real news. Ask the Iranians.

  6. Its fox news, they lie and misrepresent with regards ti every issue imaginable, why would marijuana be any different?

  7. I just went to FOX news and read the article, The advertisment right alongside was for, MONSATO GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEED. An American seed company who’s products have been banned in most of Europe due to lack of testing on humans.

  8. So i heard from my friend that they were making Company owned cigs Illegal… and i was just thinking that “the man” is trying to make it seem like cigs are still better… so that when the “safer then bud” government cigs come out they will be selling like mad

  9. The Fox Stooges are at it again. They will say anything to keep their ratings up. It’s all about money and misinformation to the public. Every time they are on the boob tube, they are plugging books they have written and it’s all the same bullshit rehashed and things the public knows already. The Fox Channel News are the far righters and the left bashers. AMERICAN COMMUNISTS OF THE NEWS WORLD ORDER.

  10. Whoa, FOX news did it again, getting their head stuck so far up their asses. They did that once before during the president election. I don’t give a damn what these so called self proclaimed scientists have to say about Cannabis, alcohol and tobacco kills people period. Isn’t this rather odd for them to focus only on cannabis and not on other hard core drugs like meth, coke, heroin and including alcohol,tobacco? FOX news, you are now starting to sound more and more like chicken little, the sky is falling, the sky is falling……

  11. Mr. Mike Stroup #53 you have hit the nail on the head, we the people must become more active with the organizations that support our desires, not to mention call,write,fax, and whatever else it takes for the politicians understand the train is leaving the station, get on or get out of the way. 72 years your way has been a bust lets try it the Ron Paul way.

  12. ATTENTiON!!!!!!!
    Fox News iS BribeD by the Government
    To SpreaD LiES…………………………?

  13. Well, it is true that benzopyrene and other aromatic hydrocarbons are formed via the pyrolysis (that’s lighting) of THC and other plant matter, and that these compounds do have mutagenic activity due to their ability to form epoxides which can react with DNA.
    However THC and other cannabinoids found in pot are known to be anti-carcinogenic which makes pot smoking a double-edged sword.
    As you brought up earlier, smoking pot will produce these mutagenic metabolites while vaporizing will prevent the formation of most of them. Unfortunately most people do not vaporize their weed – they put it in their pipes or joints or bongs or blunts and use good old fire to light their pot.
    Thus the way that most Americans at least are smoking pot, there is a risk of carcinogenic/mutagenic ability and that cannot be argued. Perhaps we should be shifting for a change in this fact.
    In any case I still believe that it is nowhere near as bad as smoking tobacco – namely because the pyrolysis of tobacco forms oxides of nitrogen – called nitroso compounds (including nitrosamines) which are known to be very carcinogenic. Because THC has no nitrogen there is no risk of these nitroso compounds being formed and thus any nitrogen-based carcinogen is not present in marijuana smoke.
    Smoking pot is at worst about as carcinogenic as working in a coal mine or dealing with soot…but it’s probably nowhere even near that bad.

  14. As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”.
    Look at what happened to Letterman? He made a bad joke, and now his ratings have dramatically increased- any news about marijuana seems to be helping its cause- even if its tailored to suit a biased major news network (ALL of which are equally guilty, regardless of which side they lean…)
    This ongoing prohibition, for me at least, has become so frustrating that it makes one physically, mentally, and spiritually weary. I, with physical injuries acquired from my military service (thanks a mil, gov) choose MJ over what was originally prescribed during my service- Percocet (Anyone up for vomiting tonight?) After my departure from service, 4 OF THE 4 VA DOCTORS responsible for my care have told me to stay with MJ, while also providing the wonderful gem “don’t get caught!”
    But I live in a non-MedMJ state. Where does that leave me? Well, here in the great police state of Arizona, I WILL go to jail with felony charges if I have a JOINT on me… where does that leave me when it comes to pain management?
    Screw nationalized healthcare-
    Our nation wont even treat those who are sick now.
    Absolutely disgusting.
    Now if you’ll excuse me, my percocet is telling me its time to vomit now…

  15. Fox news is an entertainment venue. Sadly some people actually consider it a news feed. The people they “report” to are already convinced about refeer madness. This wont have any impact but to inflame the few rational thinkers that bother with that network for whatever reasons.
    They sell eyeballs to advertisers. Plain and simple. Dont get too caught up in their BS. That study is just like all the 80’s crap that was produced talking about how 1 “joint” had the same impact on you as smoking a pack of cigarettes. I cant recall the study they cite from then, but I’ve been told it came before that as well. Just became prominent during the Reagan escalation.
    While this is a more citable study, that other example still rears its ugly head when I discuss this issue. Especially among the elderly voters. That stuck really hard in their minds. This new report will probably get less press or carry over into popular mindsets. It has no punch right now with all that is going on. No First Lady standing up and declaring Just Say No and all that rot.
    Again Fox is an entertainment venue. Rupert Murdoch could care less what they produce as long as it is a good money maker. MSNBC and the like didn’t fare as well against CNN. But the formation of Fox News channel playing to the right sure was a money maker in comparison.

  16. Oh, and just in case there’s any question-
    Yes. Faux News disabled comments on purpose.

  17. ok so if marijuana is so bad and so much worse than cigarettes how is it that i can smoke a phat bowl and or blunt go run five miles and be completely fine. But, if i smoke just one cigarette i would be hacking after just one mile?!?!?!?! explain that to me…or how about the HARVARD medical study stating that marijuana is shown to decrease the size of lung tumors by half…

  18. Go to hell Fox News, you lying fascist vermin. Flamingly hypocritical alcohol supremacist bigots.

  19. Fox news will do and make up anything to bash the left while promoting the right, especially if it will boost ratings. Lying is commonplace for them.

  20. Is there anything funnier than a bunch of brain-dead liberals attacking FOX News for a story they had nothing to do with?
    Maybe pot does effect your brain…

  21. “Also, who the hell smokes 3-4 joints a day and by themselves no less? Nobody I know, that’s for damn sure.
    That’s a lot of pot!”
    My answer:
    Quite a few people I know smoke more than that. Up until last year I was smoking 2grams plus a day, and had days where I smoked as much as 7grams. I definitely have less breathing problems now that I smoke less than half gram a day. Though I seem to be much more unhealthy overall.

  22. I’ve never been a fan of Fox News and this only furthers my lack of respect for the station.

  23. Yes FUX news is nothing more then a propaganda machine, There overall plan is to promote fear about all things, It does not matter the subject. It could be color, race, drugs Ect. As long as it promotes their agenda.
    They know that many that watch them are knee-jerk reactionist and fools.
    Fear sells.
    A fools folly is fear. Don’t be afraid of change…

  24. Fox News: the place where science is evil and criticized relentlessly until it can be twisted to fit a right-wing agenda.

  25. It’s all about the fines penalties an probation expenses incured in the legal system for possesion of it growing it selling it etc. in florida posession of a few grams 1000.00 dollar fine grow 30 something plants in your back yard possible 200,000.00 dollar fine . plus the IRS snatches your house.
    your bank accounts reposess your car your life etc.
    But OH ! OH ! OH ! Go out an murder half the city an what they give you a room w/t three meals a day an health coverage . plus library internet use an cable tv . what a feaking joke no fine what so ever ! LMAO ROTF ah tears my side hurts from laughing so hard . I figured by the time I grew up all the old bastard ass kissers would have died by now but the ass kissing repeats itself from generation to generation what T F !

  26. Fox News spreading propaganda?! Who could have guessed? Thankfully, the younger generations recognize this all-too-sad fact and are quickly abandoning Fox along with the rest of the dismal cable news networks as a legitimate source of news. Blogs are quickly replacing the MSM – you click, you decide.

  27. Nice to know that the US Govt and FOX “News” cares about us so deeply.
    Besides – who in the hell smokes four joints a day?? BY THEMSELVES??

  28. So……….. am I the only one noticing they are saying 3-4 joints are as bad for you as 20 cigarettes when 10 years ago the rhetoric was “1 joint = 20 cigarettes”

  29. I don’t give a damn if they say it makes you grow an extra head. ALL I WANT IS FREEDOM OF CHOICE!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will sigh a release stating I will be responsible for any adverse reaction.

  30. Do like I do vote with your remote with modern technology they know who is tuned in. So when FOX news comes on change the channel…

  31. Oh alarm. If marijuana is so dangerous, where are all of the sick, dying and dead marijuana consumers?
    If you go to the hospital, it’s easy to observe the people there with cancer from smoking cigarettes, with liver disease from drinking, with heart disease from over eating, but where are the marijuana smokers if it is such a great health risk?
    With approximately thirty million regular consumers of cannabis in the US, you would think our hospitals and morgues would be full of sick and dying marijuana consumers. It’s all a big lie.
    You know, as long as my DNA is not damaged as bad as the morphed DNA of Fox News reporters, I’m okay with that. I just want to know who is driving the marijuana scare train and why. DEA? ONDCP? PDA? Whoever it is, they can kiss my ass.

  32. Its fox news people i dont belive more than half the shit that comes out of there lieing mouths.Last night on Anderson Cooper the docter they had on said cannibus has many medicial uses and marinol is not in any way the same as cannibus. Yes it have thc but cannibus has a lot of other combinations of substances that have medical benifit.And that was a unbias docter who job was just to state the facts.So who do u belive?

  33. Okay so everyone go out and buy it and be responsible for more Mexican Carnage and death. Yeah!

  34. If it weren’t for the fact that I hold my enemies closer than I do my loved ones…that I must know what my enemy is doing at all times…that Fox is only a propaganda machine…Fox wouldn’t even be programed on my remote. For that reason,and that reason only…Fox can count me when Neilson takes a viewer count.
    But, because the T.V. is truly only an advertising box, and derives income from advertising…”I will never buy anything advertised on Fox again…ever”…
    and…I’m as proud as punch to let them know that. Now that’s the truth for a change! Boycotting is
    the safest way to wage war.
    If there ever was a need for any law or government policy to stand, its the Data Quality Act, and the President’s Memo to Department Heads and Agencies. These are the guys that break their own rules, and we are the guys that let them.

  35. To the people who think 4 joints a day is a lot: It’s really not, just a matter of preference.
    …But.. even if it were bad, we as free-willed living beings should not have to be given obstacles such as law when it comes to choices involving our own bodies.
    It would acceptable for the Govt to say “You shouldn’t smoke because it causes damage” .. Fine. I could deal with that. Thanks for the advice. But I’m not okay with people I don’t even know making these decisions for me telling me I CAN’T do these things and threatening me with jail time where I would be stripped of my Wife and Children because THEY THINK this is wrong… It’s fucking bullshit.
    We really need more smokers to come out of the proverbial “closet” to start speaking up and more… You now a LOT of people saw FOX’s message about DNA and Cancer.. but how many see the valid reasons for legalization? We need to push a little harder.

  36. Canibus laws initially started as a reaction to mexican immigrants and blacks in social situations by white lawmakers, somebody needed to think of the children… and the white women…
    There were racial biases present against those communities and this was one way to combat and restrict their presence.
    Through McCarthy era politics, about the time when Reefer Madness hit the scene, the counter culture acceptance of weed was a rallying cry for the old guard to build paranoia among the voting populous. Yu should know what that is like if you lived in the US for the last 8 years…
    Through the seventies and 80s not only was it a pulpit point, because everybody wants to go to war to save the children, won’t somebody please think of the children, but also this served (along with the rest of the drug war) as a great stand to take as pharmaceuticals, gun manufacturers and other supplementary businesses have no problem outlawing something that could reduce their possible business demographic.
    Now think about all the industry funded by the war on drugs?
    Then think about all of the OTC pharmaceuticals (most of which have 25 seconds of their 30 second spots devoted to how bad their drug can be for you) that would be in direct competition with an herbal alternative?
    Start to see the picture?
    Okay now for the real tinfoil hat thoughts, most subversive groups, like Al Quaeda use illegal drug trade as a major source for funding. All over the world, some even here in the USA, now certainly legaliziing and subsidizing Marijuana would deflate those groups as it would remove a prime source of income
    – (and gee it may bring a possible new cash crop to domestic farmers who could use it to keep their land, and the taxes subsudized for healthcare or education, and the by products implemented into industry as a replacement for wood in many circumstances) –
    …then how could our government get them to do their bidding (our government can be replaced by supreme evil leader or the illuminati if you prefer). See from the street thug who may sell it, to the gun traders who bring it in, to the “Legitimate” businessman who houses and moves it through, to the organization who uses it to fund its operations, to the gun manufacturers who supply the bad guys AND the police, to the large corporations who cannot have a safe and healthier alternative to their sleepy time/hard on/anti nausia pills, to the politician who needs an emergency button to get the mom’s of America worried …
    well there are a lot of bad people who really need it to be illegal.
    It could have a great positive impact, but too many people profit from its status as an illicit drug. Sure many things you can get at the Safeway are far more dangerous… but nobody has a stock portfolio on weed, or a copyright, or.. well you should get hte picture by now.
    If science can’t help a large group of people believe that dinosaurs actually did exist, and evolution is a part of nature, do you think it can convince them that weed might be good?
    Not unless you tell them Jesus said so…
    /sorry Jesus, I know you forgive me though…
    //Bryce – good luck to man, I hope that someday you don’t have to hide in the dark just to able recover from wounds you received fighting for our country man, you deserve more respect than that.

  37. Thanx!, #82 has mentioned my organization, L.E.A.P., Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Schedule speakers to have a seminar in your home town! It’s fun, educational and meet cops who are truly your friends! Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, not me or you. Join us or be square man! LOL
    Federal DEA Retired 1977 to 1983

  38. Fox news is heavy Republican based. Truth is, the republicans have their hands deep in the drug trade/drug cartels pockets. They will say anything to keep marijuana illegal. They stand to lose a great deal of un-traceable CASH should it become legal. Maybe it alters ones DNA for the better. We know one feels better for smoking it. If that’s the DNA change working, then by all means, change our DNA, and let us be the judge if it’s a good change or not.

  39. I tried to pull up the entire original research article and could not. I just saw the abstract on “pub med”. I was not aware that mass spec was a quantitative method so I would like to read the whole thing.
    As far as relevance to cannabis legalization, it has none. There are many research articles on cannabis. Impartial clinical studies I am aware of indicate cannabis is mostly harmless and helpful. Biochemical studies support profound neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects.
    Of course if your research funds come from a source that encourages you to find data that supports “harmful”, you’re probably going to be able to design an experiment that will allow you to find data supporting “harmful”.
    At heart this is a civil liberties and human rights issue. All the research is interesting, if it is scientifically legitimate, but it is irrelevant with respect to the rights of people to use an ancient herbal therapy, including for so called “recreational” use.


  41. Here i SEE IT AGAIN! Dont anyof you people get it? You bash the right you bash the left,the dems the repubs. Its all a FREAKING GAME! They have you playing it! How the hell are we the people going to set things right in this country as long as you all play thier games? With one hand they say’look I’ll do this for you’ while with the other handthey steal your freedoms away! Who gives a shit what T.V. station says what,they all lie! Wake up people!

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