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Bogarting that Joint Might Decrease Oral hpv among Cannabis Users

School of Biological Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Ross Hall 2480, Box 92, 501–20 Street, Greeley, CO 80631, USA
Curr. Oncol. 2009, 16(6), 5-7;
Submission received: 3 September 2009 / Revised: 9 October 2009 / Accepted: 11 November 2009 / Published: 1 December 2009


Human papilloma virus (hpv) has many known strains, two of the most well studied perhaps being the high-risk types 16 and 18. These strains have attracted more interest because they are known to disrupt tumour-suppressor genes that control the cell cycle, rendering those genes less effective at keeping cell division in check. Within the last decade, an increase in oral hpv–linked cancers of the throat and tongue has been attributed to exposure and contraction of hpv through oral sex, most notably in younger people. An understudied and arguably equal contributor to oral hpv infection might be indirect contact with an infected person. Presented here is a brief but important perspective on the relationship between cannabis use and oral cancer. The development of oral cancer is not a result of smoking cannabis per se; rather, it is hypothesized to be a result of contracting hpv through various forms of sharing and passing joints and other smoking apparatuses. Therefore, it is hypothesized that bogarting (and not passing) joints might decrease oral hpv among cannabis smokers. Future research should therefore investigate the prevalence of oral hpv in cannabis smokers to better understand its epidemiology
Keywords: oral hpv; cannabis; cancer oral hpv; cannabis; cancer

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Zwenger SR. Bogarting that Joint Might Decrease Oral hpv among Cannabis Users. Current Oncology. 2009; 16(6):5-7.

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Zwenger, S. R. 2009. "Bogarting that Joint Might Decrease Oral hpv among Cannabis Users" Current Oncology 16, no. 6: 5-7.

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