Cannabis can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, causes mental health problems and can lead to hard drug use, according to a major new study.
The research, conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall links use of cannabis to a wide range of harmful side-effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.
Smoking the class-‘B’ drug while pregnant is linked with reduced birth weights, while long-term use can cause cancer, bronchitis and heart attacks, according to the paper.
It was also found that:
:: One in six teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis become dependent on it, as are one in ten regular adult users;
:: Driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk of a car crash, with the risk heightened yet further if you have had a drink;
:: As many teenagers now smoke cannabis as cigarettes.
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