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Study Finds Marijuana Smoke Could Cause Testicular Cancer

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Study Finds Marijuana Smoke Could Cause Testicular Cancer

Smoking cannabis is associated with a higher risk of testicular cancer.

If you are a man who has been smoking marijuana steadily for the past 10 years or more, well, this story is probably going to be a massive kick in the Jimmy. It seems that scientific minds had the cojones to dig deep into the ramifications of long-term cannabis consumption in the male persuasion. And what they found, we shudder to report, is something that you’re probably going to need to be really high to swallow. If you’re not now, never fear, we’ll wait. All good? Okay, so, researchers have determined that long term members of the boys of the bong club are at a higher risk of testicular cancer than their non-toking counterparts. At first, we thought these people must be nuts, but it turns out that, like it or not, there might actually be something to the claim.

For those men freaking out right now, perhaps scrawling their Last Will and Testament on a package of rolling papers while combing through this column in search of the hard evidence showing that weed is giving them cancer of the balls, let us put your mind at ease. They’re small. No, not your testicles, but the risks of cancer. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center say that it is important to keep in mind that it’s “not huge.” Again, we’re talking about the risks. 

But scientists want to make it perfectly clear that some users are in more danger than others. There is an elevated threat of testicular cancer in those men who smoke weed more than just occasionally, researchers explained in the journal JAMA. Men who have been getting stoned consistently for right around a decade are 36% more likely to end up with this dreaded disease than part-time tokers.

The study doesn’t appear to be a bunch of bollocks either. Researchers examined somewhere around 25 pieces of data spanning 50 years that touched on all sorts of cancers ranging from testicular to head and neck. But in the end, their testes revealed that the only real link between marijuana consumption and this gnarly malady was in the reproductive organs of the average man.

Yet, the study shows that only “regular users” are at risk of getting sacked. Regular use is defined by any man who smokes one joint a day. These are the ones who might want to get their package examined more frequently. And by a doctor, too. Umm. So, without getting all scientific here with our calculations — we’re too high to do it anyway — it would seem that the majority of our male readers could be well on their way to becoming one nut wonders. That said, if you are a man who smokes more marijuana than what researchers call “regular use” and still have two healthy baby-makers, you might want to buy a lottery ticket later today. You are beating the odds, kid!

The good news is there is apparently a way around all of this cancer-risk crap that supposedly comes after years of reefer chiefing greatness. Because apparently, it is not the cannabis itself that is causing men to develop tumors in their nads, but it is their chosen consumption method that’s the real culprit.

Regardless of what science has shown us in the past about how smoking pot might be safer than cigarettes, that doesn’t mean that it is entirely safe. In fact, some studies have shown that unfiltered marijuana smoke can release toxins that are 20 times more dangerous than the smoke from cigarettes.

Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, told Business Insider that smoking weed (or any other plant matter) releases carcinogens that could lead to cancer. So, the way we see it, as long as men can find another means for consumption (edibles, pills, etc.) other than smoking, the chances of their boys needing chemo are going to diminish exponentially.

The other good news that comes with this study is that the older a man gets, the less risk he has for testicular cancer. So if you are the kind of dude that has been smoking weed since before he was old enough to drive, avoiding any problems with this disease thus far, you might be in the clear.

Although more than 8,000 men are diagnosed each year with cancerous bags, its primary targets are younger males between the ages of 15 and 35. But then again, on the flip side, young smokers might want to keep this in mind as we move toward a time when cannabis is more prevalent in our society. Because while getting high is a lot of fun, having one of your balls removed is never a good time. Fortunately, the survival rate of this disease is excellent, with 99% of the men diagnosed making it out alive. Still, many survivors often emerge with only one testicle. And that, dare we say, sucks you know what. 

TELL US, are you concerned about the potential health impacts associated with smoking marijuana?



  1. Jim Richards

    December 8, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I’m disappointed. Article seems like click bait to me. I scanned the study and it appears to be anything but definitive and the jokey writing style is offensive. We are dealing with cancer in our home and I am a cancer care giver myself as well as a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and an MMJ patient myself. I have read quite about cancer and this piece is well below average and a bit offensive. I expected more from you. You may want to pull the article ot have it rewritten. With all due respect, you are out of your depth.

  2. dan

    December 6, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I’m a few paragraphs in, and I’m finding this an immense chore to read. It’s incredibly narcissistic, for starters. Get over yourself, Mike.

    Also, I mean, for god’s sake, it’s a story about *cancer*. Put yourself in the position of a person looking for information — you know: a reader. Why are you making that reader fight through all these bad puns to get to the information they want? Stories are for readers, not self-indulgent, narcissistic writers.

    I have nothing against having a bit of fun with a story — even one like this (maybe). But jesus, dude, a little perspective. A little restraint. A little class. This is high-school crap.

  3. YearofAction

    December 6, 2019 at 8:55 am

    This article shows another study that reinforces the health benefits to be gained from carefully descheduling cannabis by reconstructing the malformed federal definition of Schedule 1 marijuana to be informative rather than deceptive. The title and subtitle hint at out how “marijuana smoke” is produced by “smoking cannabis”. Marijuana is the name for cannabis smoke, although it’s hard to tell from its malformed federal definition.

    Congress needs to reconstruct the definition and maintain its controls, and we need to tell them how. This definition will continue to dissuade young people from smoking cannabis, even if marijuana itself is subsequently descheduled or rescheduled:

    The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L., which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is their intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

    • YearofAction

      December 7, 2019 at 11:37 pm

      In other news, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has recently told the DEA to let researchers study marijuana from dispensaries.

      The DEA is legally bound to oppose the research, but it is the purview of Congress to rectify the law. The surest way to accomplish their goal is to reconstruct the malformed federal definition of marijuana.

      If any of these lawmakers are your representatives in Congress, then tell them about this reconstructed definition that will carefully deschedule cannabis so that dispensaries can supply it to the researchers for study. When the definition is removed from Schedule 1, then the researchers can study cannabis smoke, which retains its long held identification as marijuana.

  4. Astor Clark

    December 6, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I am lucky then I have been smoking a long time and no issues at all. I do have a calmer demeanor than most and I attribute that to cannabis use. I regularly smoke on a daily basis and am good, nothing to do with smoking weed is wrong with me and I gave up cigarettes so I am not worried about cancer in my scrotum, I am 54 and very sexually active, might just be the weed.

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