Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find
After controlling for other factors known to affect health, especially tobacco use and socioeconomic status, marijuana use had no negative effect on any measure of health, except for dental health. People who smoked more weed had a higher incidence of gum disease.
It’s also worth pointing out that this particular study looked at the impact of long-term marijuana use on physical health, but not on mental health. Meier has in fact used this same data set to explore questions of mental health effects, famously finding evidence of declining IQ among persistent marijuana users. But a number of follow-up studies by other researchers found no similar evidence of cognitive decline related to marijuana use. As with any research of this nature, a single paper is unlikely to be the final word on any particular subject. Still, Meier’s latest study marshals up some convincing evidence that marijuana’s toll on physical health may be far less than once feared.
Original Article (Washington Post):
Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researcher find
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