Heavy Pot Use Linked To Lower Social And Economic Status Than Parents

Posted: Mar 25 2016, 2:37am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Heavy Pot Use Linked to Lower Social and Economic Status than Parents
A man smokes marijuana during a rally in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on November 4, 2015. Mexico's Supreme Court opened the door to the recreational use of marijuana on Wednesday, giving a group of activists permission to grow and smoke their own pot in a historic ruling. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

A study that followed people from birth up to age 38 has found that the ones who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over many years ended up in a lower social class than their parents, with lower-paying, less skilled and less prestigious jobs than those who were not regular cannabis smokers.

These regular and persistent users also experienced more financial, work-related and relationship difficulties, which worsened as the number of years of regular cannabis use progressed, the findings showed.

"Our research does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalization," said first author of the study Magdalena Cerda from University of California, Davis, US.

"But it does show that cannabis was not safe for the long-term users tracked in our study," Cerda noted. The findings appeared online in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.

"Our study found that regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use," she said.

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