Teen Marijuana Use Is Not Linked To Health Issues Later, Study Suggests

Posted: Aug 5 2015, 2:50am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 5 2015, 2:53am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Teen Marijuana Use Is Not Linked to Health Issues later, Study Suggests
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Using marijuana in teen age will not result in depression, asthma and lung cancer in adulthood

Using marijuana in teen age has no harm. It is not linked to health issues like depression, cancer and asthma, a new study suggests. 

The study, published by American Psychological Association, is contradictory to what has been cited in many previous studies.

The findings were documented after tracking 408 participants from adolescence into their mid-30s. Only male participants were involved in the research. 

The participants were divided into four groups. One group consisted of those who rarely or never used marijuana. Second were those who used marijuana in their early years. Third group smoked marijuana in adolescence. Fourth started using marijuana in their late teens and continued through adulthood.

“What we found was a little surprising. There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.” Jordan Bechtold, lead researcher from University of Pittsburg Medical Center said.

Early chronic users were heavy users of marijuana. There consumption continued to increase until they turn 22 on average bases. The use of marijuana declined as they grew older.

Since marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes in many states, a research examining the long-term health consequences of teen marijuana use was inevitable. 

“We wanted to help inform the debate about legalization of marijuana, but it’s a very complicated issue and one study should not be taken in isolation.”Bechtold said.

Marijuana is most commonly used illicit drug among young people. It has been linked to many physical and mental health issues in previous studies. It results in both short and long terms effects including impaired memory, difficulty in thinking and learning and depression and anxiety. A risk of lung cancer also increases if marijuana started to use in teen age. 

The latest study steamed from Pittsburg Youth Study. It involved 14-year old male students of Pittsburg Public School in 80s. They were followed up until 2009-10 to analyze various health and social issues.

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