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Key Findings From A 20 Year Study Into The Effects Of Using Marijuana

by | 8th, October 2014

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, puffs Ganja, or marijuana, at Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, Thursday, June 19, 2008. Sadhus have gathered at the temple for the Ambubasi festival which starts on June 22. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) Ref #: PA.6066032  Picture by: Anupam Nat

 

IS smoking marijuana bad for you?  Professor Wayne Hall has studied the effects of the weed over 20 years. You can read his findings in Addiction  ( PDF of Full Study article here ):

Adverse effects of acute cannabis use

  • Cannabis does not produce fatal overdoses.
  • Driving while cannabis-intoxicated doubles the risk of a car crash; this risk increases substantially if users are also alcohol-intoxicated.
  • Cannabis use during pregnancy slightly reduces birth weight of the baby.

Adverse effects of chronic cannabis use

  • Regular cannabis users can develop a dependence syndrome, the risks of which are around 1 in 10 of all cannabis users and 1 in 6 among those who start in adolescence.
  • Regular cannabis users double their risks of experiencing psychotic symptoms and disorders, especially if they have a personal or family history of psychotic disorders, and if they start using cannabis in their mid-teens.
  • Regular adolescent cannabis users have lower educational attainment than non-using peers but we don’t know whether the link is causal.
  • Regular adolescent cannabis users are more likely to use other illicit drugs, but we don’t know whether the link is causal.
  • Regular cannabis

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