Recent studies, are being added daily to bolster the arsenal of benefit provided by pot that negate urban legends spread by prohibition front-benchers. As the stranglehold on the restrictions of cannabis research loosens, people are beginning to ask questions and it’s the answers provided by research such as that conducted by Dr. Madeleine H. Meier and her team of medical professionals.
New Zealand Study
The longitudinal study, which followed 1037 Dunedin, New Zealand residents, set out to examine the associations between cannabis use and the user’s overall well-being over a 20-year period of smoking; as well as testing for a variety of physical health indexes during early mid-life.
Participants of the study were followed between the ages of 18 and 38 with the objective of discovering whether regular cannabis use over the two decade period was associated with poor physical health at age 38- even after controlling for tobacco use, childhood health, and childhood socioeconomic status. Tests were also conducted to determine whether cannabis use from ages 26 to 38 years was associated with individual health decline using the same measures of health at both ages.
Obtaining laboratory measures of physical health (periodontal health, lung function, systemic inflammation, and metabolic health), as well as self-reported physical health at ages 26 and 38 years, the frequency of cannabis use and dependence was also assessed at the ages of 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38.
The results of the study found that, while 20 years of smoking doobs was indeed associated with poorer periodontal health, (gum health), at age 38 smoking weed was unrelated to other physical health problems and the subjects who smoked their whole life were no more unhealthy than those who did not smoke.
Another such study that is blasting away the pillars of this longstanding, politically propagated ignorance further exposes the familiar taste of foot-in-mouth that such vocal cannabis opponents must be currently feeling, by indicating that lifelong marijuana use does anything but cause brain damage.
American medical association study
The researchers of this particular study set out to examine a cohort of 5,115 multi-racial men and women aged between 18 to 30 years from March 25, 1985, to June 7, 1986; following up the subjects for over 25 years from June 7, 1986, to August 31, 2011 in an attempt to estimate the cumulative years of exposure and to assess associations with cognitive function at year 25. Three domains of cognitive function were gauged during the final year of the study- verbal memory, processing speed and executive function. In a similar fashion to the New Zealand study, independent variables such as demographic factors, cardiovascular risk factors, tobacco smoking, use of alcohol and illicit drugs, physical activity and depression were all used to acquire precise results.
At the end of the study it was observed that while long-term cannabis use did affect verbal memory, (no secret to seasoned stoners), it did not appear to affect other domains of cognitive function such as processing speed and executive function.
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