Marijuana abuse raises the risk of periodontal disease

The risk of having periodontal disease is very high with the use of long-term marijuana, suggests published in JAMA psychiatry.

However, the study found no link between long-term use of the drug and greater risk of other physical health problems.
Marijuana - also referred to as cannabis - is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States today and is well abused.
According to a 2014 survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), around 23 million Americans report using the drug in the past month.
Marijuana use is particularly common among adolescents and young adults. NIDA report that in 2015, almost 35 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the past year, while 21.3 percent were current users.
The short-term health implications of marijuana use are well established. For example, some users may experience feelings of fear,anxiety delusions,psychosis and hallucinations.
However, the long-term effects of marijuana use on physical health are less clear, and this is something the researchers of this latest study set out to address.
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