Scientists from the University of Edinburgh found that smoking cannabis have reduced bone density and caused fractures in heavy cannabis users. The study also found that heavy cannabis smokers have lower body weight and body mass index (BMI) and that contributes to thinner bones in their bodies.
For their study, the team of researchers assessed 170 people who smoke cannabis regularly. They found that the bone density of heavy cannabis users was about 5% lower than regular cigarette smokers.
Professor Stuart Ralston, a lead researcher from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine says: “We have known for a while that components of cannabis can affect bone cells function but we had no idea up until now of what this mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.”
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