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Scary Long-Term Effects of Marijuana…

Scary Long-Term Effects of Marijuana…
April 11
11:23 2016

With marijuana legalization spreading to more U.S. states, we’re hearing more and more about its health benefits and less and less about its possible drawbacks.

However, it’s important to remember that it’s still a drug, and ingesting any drug, including this magic plant, for a long-term duration has its side effects. So what are they?

In a recent report that analyzed thousands of young adults into middle age, marijuana use was linked to verbal memory loss.

This study started in the 1980s, and the majority of participants had used marijuana and were all between the ages of 18 to 30. The study revealed that the more that the subjects used marijuana, the lower their verbal memory scores were.

To put this into perspective, for every five years of drug use, 50% of these marijuana users remembered one less word from a 15-word test.

On the other hand, only 12% continued to use the drug into middle age. The individuals that used the drug briefly in their 20s for short-term did not show any evidence of cognitive impairment. It is also unclear if marijuana is truly to blame for this. Then again, this is not the only study linking the drug to poorer performances on cognitive tests.

“But cannabis is a drug, and like all drugs, it can harm users when used in particular ways,” said Wayne Hall, of the University of Queensland, Australia to Yahoo News. “This message needs to be communicated to all cannabis users and especially those in U.S. states where medical or recreational cannabis use by adults is now legal.”

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