Marijuana Is Harmful To Bone Health: Study Smoking weed is nothing but destructive and has absolutely no positive effect on one’s health. In fact, studies say that marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. And now a recent study has found that marijuana may be harmful to one’s bones too. It suggests that people who heavily smoke marijuana are twice as likely to develop brittle bones than those who smoke cigarettes. Heavy pot users also had lower bone density compared to cigarette smokers, the researchers said. Quoting Dr. Matthew Hepinstall, an orthopedic surgeon at the Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction in the New York City, the HealthDay said, “The take-home point for patients is relatively clear: heavy marijuana use does not promote bone health.” The study fell short of establishing a cause-and-effect relationship between pot smoking and bone density. It also did take into account a number of other important factors like age, gender, weight, physical activity levels, calcium intake and alcohol consumption that could affect bone health. The researchers drafted 170 regular marijuana users and a control group of 114 tobacco cigarette smokers for their study. The average age of the pot smokers was 40 and that of the cigarette smokers, 49. All the marijuana smokers qualified as heavy smokers and had been using it for at least 25 years. Only heavy marijuana users are affected The researchers closely monitored the participants’ past medical histories looking for fractures and other relevant factors. They used a specialized X-ray technique to measure the bone density of the participants. “Our research has shown that heavy users of cannabis have quite a large reduction in bone density compared with non-users, and there is a real concern that this may put them at increased risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures later in life,” said lead researcher Stuart Ralston, a professor with the University of Edinburgh's Center for Genomic and Experimental Medicine. However, the researchers also reported that moderate marijuana smokers didn’t seem to have any adverse effect on their bones. “Only the heavy users are showing these effects, and they are relatively small,” said Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany.
“I would emphasize that in a sample like this, ‘very heavy cannabis use across the lifetime’ might very well be serving as a proxy for unmeasured dietary and exercise contributors to bone density,” added Earleywine. For heavy marijuana smokers, the researchers emphasized on eating right, taking personal care, taking adequate calcium sources and indulging in regular exercise for countering the adverse effect of cannabis. Bones are constantly in a state of growth and a new bone gets created to replace a broken one in the human body. But this regenerating process of the bones is severely hampered by heavy weed smoking. Marijuana tends to impair the cells that build new bone, which is called osteoblasts. “Basically, the osteoblast cannot effectively lay down good bone in these individuals,” said Dr. Mone Zaidi, a professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes and bone disease with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The researchers urged heavy pot smokers to consult their doctors and undergo a bone density measurement test to check for any risk for osteoporosis or fractures. Dealing with substance abuse Any sort of drug addiction can imperil the life of the person, whether it is marijuana, alcohol or any other illicit street drug. Instead of delaying treatment, it is better to seek immediate help from a credible health care organization. If a loved one is addicted to any drug, contact Sovereign Addiction Services, a premier substance abuse treatment organization in the U.S. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-683-9756 to know about our drug rehab centers in California. Our drug addiction rehabilitation in California is among the crème of the crop.
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