Apparently, marijuana can damage your bones if you smoke it too often. A new study showed that those who smoke a lot of cannabis in a long period of time are more likely to have their bone density reduces and could get fractures easier than others.
This research was made by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and it focused on how healthy are the bones of cannabis consumers. In order to observe that, the researchers recruited 114 people who don’t smoke marijuana and 170 who do that regularly.
The term “heavy user” was defined as a person who consumed marijuana in more than 5000 occasions along the time. Despite this, the heavy users that participated in this study reported that they smoked marijuana more than 45,000 times in their lives. The ones who used cannabis only 1000 time in their life were moderate users.
The researchers measured the bone density of all of the people that participated in the study. The results showed that those who were heavy users had a 5 % smaller density than those who didn’t use marijuana. This means that those who smoke marijuana can be at risk when it comes to the health of their bones.
Another finding of the study was quite surprising. Despite the fact that marijuana increases appetite, those who smoked marijuana had reduced BMI and a lower weight. The researchers said that this could mean that in the long run, marijuana reduces the appetite and not increase it as it was believed earlier.
Lead researcher Professor Stuart Ralston, “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis,” said Professor Stuart Ralston , lead researcher.
The researchers mentioned that they need to make more studies on this topic in order to see what is the link between these two and who does marijuana influence the bones.
The study was published in the American Journal of Medicine.
What is your opinion about this study? Do you think that marijuana can affect your weight or your bones?
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