Ask any stoner about the effects of smoking weed and they will likely tell you that it’s natural and harmless. Well new research conducted over the past 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall of the World Health Organization and recently published in the journal Addiction has pretty much destroyed the claims that smoking marijuana has no adverse effects. According to the new study, chronic or long marijuana term use has some serious implications on your health…including addiction and withdrawl symptoms, adverse cognitive effects, an increased risk of psychotic symptoms and schizophrenia.
Not trying to kill your high or anything, but here’s a summary of the findings via Forbes.
- Marijuana can be addictive. But only for some people. About 10% of all users seem to develop dependence syndrome.
- Marijuana use is linked to adverse cognitive effects. Reduced learning, memory, and attention.
- Marijuana may change brain structure and function.
- Regular use is linked to an increased risk of psychotic symptoms. Delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking
- Marijuana is linked to lower educational attainment.
- Marijuana is probably – but modestly – linked to schizophrenia.
- Marijuana may be linked to testicular cancer.
- Regular users may have cardiopulmonary issues. [more details via Forbes]
Another finding showed that driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk of a car crash.
Now you know.
Use it, don’t use it.