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Smoking Pot Alters More Than Mood — Human Immune System Affected, USF/UCLA Study Finds

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August 28, 2002
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University Of South Florida Health Sciences Center
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Marijuana may alter immune function in people -- but the jury is still out on whether it hurts or helps the body's ability to fight infection or other diseases, report researchers at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

Tampa, FL (Aug. 27 2002) -- Marijuana may alter immune function in people -- but the jury is still out on whether it hurts or helps the body's ability to fight infection or other diseases, report researchers at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "The bottom line is you cannot routinely smoke marijuana without it affecting your immune system," said Thomas Klein, PhD, professor of medical microbiology and immunology at USF. "However, because of the complexity of the immune system, we can't say yet whether the effect we've observed in humans is good or bad."


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University Of South Florida Health Sciences Center. (2002, August 28). Smoking Pot Alters More Than Mood — Human Immune System Affected, USF/UCLA Study Finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020828062229.htm
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