We all remember (I hope) the controversy that was Michael Phelps getting caught smoking weed.
If you don’t, here’s a quick recap: he got high in the privacy of a super awesome apartment in the middle of the University of South Carolina (the best school ever), and someone took a picture of it. Here’s the thing: he has more Olympic medals than I do pairs of underwear. In fact, he has won more Olympic medals than anyone ever in the history of the world has. In fact, he won 12 of those medals AFTER he was caught smoking weed at that party. A lot of people were arguing about how smoking weed will diminish his capacity to be such an underwater boss, so I did some research. As it turns out, those people would be wrong.
The Largest Study Ever
The largest study ever to be conducted on potheads recently had some interesting things to report. In fact, if you smoke one joint a day for seven years, you will not see any decrease in your lung capacity. This isn’t just a random survey conducted in a dispensary somewhere either. This survey has been accepted and published in the journal of the American Medical Association. With the recent push for legalization in the past few years as well as the overwhelming amount of states legalizing medicinal marijuana, a study like this not only makes sense, but is necessary to make that last push for overall legalization.
What Did the Study Include?
Excellent question, I’m glad you asked. “The World’s Largest Pothead Study” included the lung function of over 5,000 men and women and took place over a 20-year period. They measured the participants’ ability to inhale and exhale air. A healthy adult can exhale about a gallon of air in one second. The THC in marijuana actually has immunosuppressant properties which interfere with the development of respiratory diseases, which may also aid in the lung function. Also, since there are some people out there that smoke both weed and tobacco, the researchers were able to separate the effects of tobacco smoke on the body.
So not only did it appear that pot smokers’ lung function did not diminish over the years, but it actually improved. Yes, you read that right, it improved lung function. Now, it is not a significant amount of improvement, but I think I speak on behalf of all smokers everywhere when I say that we will take it. In fact, lung performance continued to improve until smokers hit 10 joint years. What’s a joint year, you ask? Well basically it equals out to one joint per day. Or it could be ten joints a day for roughly a month. I like how that sounds.
But wait, there’s more! Just because a smoker hits 10 joint years doesn’t mean his lung function is going to be destroyed. It simply means that it ceases to improve. In fact, it takes 20-30 joint years for a smoker’s lungs dip back down to non-smoker levels. If you think about what goes on physiologically in the body when someone smokes, it makes sense. Pot smokers will take very deep breaths followed by holding these breaths in as long as they can to ensure the most optimum high. Therefore, their lungs get trained to inhale deeper and deeper thereby improving the functionality of their lungs.
It is important to point out that a few of the doctors who conducted the study wanted people to know that just because there is a correlation between lung function and smoking weed doesn’t mean everyone in the world should go out and smoke as much weed as possible solely for the health benefits. Personally, I say do you, boo. I think this is a win for the Fit Stoners of the world. A lot of non-smokers will judge smokers for trying to be healthy about their bodies but ignoring the damage their doing to their lungs. Little do they know your lungs actually function better than theirs underwater or on long runs. No wonder Michael Phelps is history’s best Olympic athlete.