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Study Reveals Marijuana Health Risks

According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the cannabis industry could be exaggerating the claims on marijuana. In the report entitled “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research” (this is a result of a collective review of about 10,700 studies), marijuana only provides substantial evidence in treating three types of sicknesses – multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and chronic pain in adults. Similar conclusions were also seen in a report spearheaded by Harvard medical school professor Dr. Marie McCormick.

The National Academies listed down several potential risks with the use of marijuana. They say that there is substantial evidence linking marijuana to respiratory symptoms and frequent incidences of bronchitis. The use of this substance has also been linked to the increased risk of vehicular accidents. Pregnant women who take marijuana are more likely to give birth to babies with lower weight. Marijuana is also blamed for memory and learning impairment with abuse.  They also found substantial evidence connecting marijuana to the development of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. The use of marijuana could potentially develop to abusive use.

Even with these evidences, the cannabis industry continues to rake in profits. In Oregon alone, the state tax from recreational cannabis amounted to $60.2 million according to the report from Department of Revenue. Medical marijuana shops continue to open in states that make these legal. In Pennsylvania, Viridis Medicine LLC hopes to get approval from the government  to build a marijuana facility.

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