Drugs (both legal and illegal) have been shown to be potentially carcinogenic, so It would be unfair singling out illegal drugs. Just look at tobacco as an example.
However, recent studies have shown a significant increase in testicular cancer amongst cannabis / marijuana users.
Cannabis and Cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer found in young men aged 15 to 45, and regular recreational use of cannabis / marijuana doubles your risk according to research conducted by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern Carolina.
In a report released in June 2012, by the British Lung Foundation, which referenced the 2008 study, “Cannabis use and risk of lung cancer: a case-control study” (Aldington et al), published in the European Respiratory Journal, they claimed that a single deeply inhaled joint caused as much lung tissue damage as a whole packet of 20 cigarettes.
Of course, this is hotly disputed by advocates of cannabis use. Lung cancer risk factors aside, research conducted over a 30 year period by King’s College London and Duke University in the US, found that cannabis use during adolescence reduces a person’s IQ by an average of eight points, and impacts upon their attention span and memory.
Although the link between cannabis use and mental health is not a new one. Heavy cannabis use has been associated with paranoia, schizophrenia, depression, insomnia and a range of other personality and anxiety disorders.
What does Cocaine do to your health?
Another drug that could potentially lead to cancer is the use of cocaine cut with impurities. Cocaine is being increasingly frequently cut with Phenacetin, a drug that was banned in many countries in the 1980s due to the fact that it was proven to cause serious kidney damage or cancer.
In the UK, the purity of cocaine has been dropping over the last few years. Current street cocaine purity levels range between 9 and 20% so you never know what you are putting into your body. Even if the cocaine is pure, whilst it does not cause cancer, you still run the risk of a swollen and enlarged heart muscle, nose bleeds and long-term addiction.
As with many other facts of life, people have a right to make their own choices. The use of illegal drugs is no exception, but it does carry consequences.
Just in the same way that I would advocate a reduction in coffee consumption, or the elimination of tobacco smoke, I would advocate that you avoid both alcohol consumption and illegal drug use if you are looking toward the best interests of your health.
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