There have been many opposing studies, research and beliefs done to determine whether an individual that chooses to smoke weed every day is doing any serious harm to their general health or not.
Madeline Meier a State University professor in Arizona started new research to find the answer to this question. The team studied exactly 1,037 people from New Zealand.
Their study showed long-term usage of marijuana has no significant effect on physical health. The only issue they encountered, were problems with gum disease.
They also discovered some general health issues such as problems with blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, and lung function, but they could not conclusively tie those issues to their use of marijuana.
They concluded that people’s health is not affected by consuming marijuana on a regular basis for long periods of time.
The team concluded with their study:
“In general, our findings showed that cannabis use over 20 years was unrelated to health problems in early midlife…Across several domains of health (periodontal health, lung function, systemic inflammation, and metabolic health), clear evidence of an adverse association with cannabis use was apparent for only one domain, namely, periodontal health.”
When the team considered dental hygiene, the connection between gum issues and marijuana were still present. It determined that those who smoked the plant were not as likely to take care of their teeth and gums by flossing and brushing.
Interestingly enough, the study limits marijuana’s physical health relation. This study does not question the influence of marijuana on an individual’s mental health. The team who conducted this study used the data set for a different finding and came up with strong evidence that there is an IQ decline as a result of a long-term smoking of marijuana.
There are upsides and downsides to using Marijuana. Some individuals claim successful health benefits, and even highly reputable sources have admitted particular medicinal qualities for certain patients who utilize it. However; it remains scheduled as a drug, and only a handful of states in the US have decriminalized and/or legalized it.
It has been said, however, that it reduces the nausea cancer patients that go through with chemotherapy, and also helps multiple sclerosis victims with their tremors.
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