National Academies of Sciences Releases Report on Science Surrounding Marijuana Use; Finds Multiple Harms

National Academies of Sciences Releases Report on Science Surrounding Marijuana Use; Finds Multiple Harms
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), in a landmark report written by top scientists, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research , concluded after a review of over 10,000 peer-reviewed academic articles, that marijuana use is connected to, among other problems: respiratory problems; mental health issues (like psychosis, social anxiety, and thoughts of suicide) increased risk of car accidents; progression to and dependence on other drugs, including studies showing connections to cocaine and heroin use; learning, memory, and attention loss (possibly permanent in some cases); and low birth weight. Notably, the report also stated that, "in states where cannabis use is legal, there is increased risk of unintentional cannabis overdose injuries among children." "This report is a wake-up call to all Americans who have been sold the false promise that marijuana use is not harmful across multiple health outcomes," said Kevin A....
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