BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent study has shown that teenagers who use marijuana heavily are likely to die before reaching the age of 60. The research was conducted by scientists from the Stockholm Karolinska Institutet.
In order to reach this conclusion, the team of researchers analyzed over 45,000 men who went through military training in 1969 and 1970. Therefore, the study took place over the course of an astounding 42 years, time during which four thousand men met their ends. The participants were followed until 2011 through the National Cause of Death Register.
The results published in the American Journal of Psychiatry show that the individuals who used marijuana heavily during their teenage years had a forty percent higher rate of dying before turning sixty than those who avoided it. By heavy use, the scientists meant teenagers who used the drug more than fifty times.
Furthermore, the team also found that the risk of dying from an accident or suicide was directly linked to the level of use of marijuana during teenage years. According to Scott Krakower, addiction expert, cannabis users tend to have poorer health. Other studies have suggested that marijuana use can lead to heart problems and lung cancer.
As Krakower has pointed out, this happens because those who use the drug usually have poorer diets and some of them are also tobacco smokers. It comes quite easy to switch between the two smoking plants.
Dr. Kevin Hill, member of the Council on Addiction Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association, has emphasized the fact that limits are always important, in this case, the dose of marijuana. The heavy use of cannabis is associated with cognitive problems and poor psychological health, which can further lead to poor health and food choices.
Another study conducted by Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi from the Duke University and Magdalena Cerda from the University of California has shown similar results. According to Cerda,
“Our study found that regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use. Regular long-term users also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.”
The study shows once more that all is acceptable with moderation, but passing over some boundaries might have more drastic consequences than most of us realize.
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