Smoking Cannabis Is Bad for Your Health

I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, what with all the recent euphoria over decriminalizing cannabis, but — having smoked pot for over 50 years — I offer herewith some first-hand experience:

I never considered myself a stoner. I wasn’t stoned all the time. Over that period of time I might have smoked the equivalent of a joint or two per week. I started when I was 28 years old, and it did indeed change my life. It got me on to the right side of my brain and gave me a new way to look at life. I quit my job as an insurance broker soon thereafter, and started exploring other worlds. Cannabis was a key element in the changes I went through in the ’60s,* and has enriched my life greatly overall. Credit where due.


  1. My lungs didn’t feel so good about 5 years ago and I started vaping. But even that proved irritating, so I’ve gone to using tinctures. I had my lungs checked and nothing turned up, but I know what I feel. “You don’t need a weatherman…” If you’ve used a bong, what about the tar that accumulated on the glass? When you’re smoking a joint — or a pipe —  you’re pulling all this stuff through your lungs. When you use a Bic lighter with a pipe, what are you inhaling? Think about it.
  2. A lot of commercial pot has been chemically fertilized and when necessary, sprayed with toxic chemicals to combat pests. I saw a survey that tested many samples from a dispensary, and the vast majority contained traces of insecticides (i.e. Avid or Eagle 20).** An organic grower friend once said to me. “They’re smoking paraquat!” (Not really, but you get the idea.) If one of these big growers gets spider mites in his $20,000 crop, what do you think he’s going to do?
  3. KNOW YOUR GROWER. People  buy only organic produce, yet smoke pot without any assurance that it’s pesticide-free. You should know how your pot was grown. Do you think hydroponic pot is the same as if grown in soil? Is it grown under lights, with fans, using lots of electricity to do something that the sun can do au naturel? Ask your grower where the water comes from, fertilizers used, what is done to combat critters like spider mites? Natural predators? And etc..

The psychoactive benefits are indeed wonderful, so I would look to other ways to imbibe. Vaping instead of smoking; it cuts down on a lot of particulates that you’d otherwise be pulling through your lungs. High-quality tinctures and  edibles (and not over-consuming, as is so easy to do. “I ate the whole brownie and couldn’t find my way home”).

Just sayin’…

Note: I’m only talking about smoking here. Cannabis is a miracle plant for healing. Hemp (same family) is wonderful for food, fiber, insulation, construction…

*See my book-in-progress on the ’60s under the above button.

**Do Google search for Avid and Eagle 20

PS Someone just came by, looked at all this, and said:”Well, duh…”


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Smoking Cannabis Is Bad for Your Health

  1. I’ve been harping on this very issue for years. I use a pax 2 but still have no desire to vape the commercial pot. The best way to know what you are smoking is growing your own. Ever since I read the NYT article on random sampling of Co clinics, I’ve been very leery of all of it. How do you feel about the oils that are everywhere now? I stay away from those too.

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