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Smoking marijuana can cause this very serious disease - Study!

by Staff writer



The stigma against marijuana use has been eroding for years now and its use has skyrocketed over the last decade.


Since it was found that smoking marijuana is far less dangerous than use of alcohol and other intoxicants, cannabis is quickly becoming the drug of choice for many people all over the world.


In America, new laws have been made to allow the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational uses in over a dozen states.

Cannabis is now the most commonly used illicit drug in the world, according to the WHO.

But how safe is marijuana use really?

In fact, scant data exists alleging that marijuana use causes any damage whatsoever, that is if used in moderation, once the brain has stopped developing.

But for chronic users, a new study imposes a harsh warning!

Researchers at Amen Clinics Inc. of California have found evidence that chronic use of marijuana may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

This is because marijuana restricts blood flow to the regions of the brain where the condition takes root.

In this study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 982 current or former chronic users and 92 healthy controls underwent brain scans to evaluate blood flow there.

Those diagnosed with cannabis use disorder showed a significant reduction in brain blood flow in almost every region.

The hippocampus, which is where Alzheimer’s originates, saw the largest reduction. This is the area responsible for learning and memory.

Researchers believe marijuana use may affect memory formation due to this effect.

The study suggests consistent use of marijuana causes damage to the brain and possible effects include memory formation disruption.

Other studies have also suggested that restricted blood flow to the hippocampus can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

More research will have to be conducted to corroborate this claim, but it’s reasonable that users of the drug reduce their intake immediately to be on the safer side!

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