You probably know about the positive news about marijuana. From the health benefits to the possible legalization in many countries, many people may be left wondering about the downsides of the popular plant. While there are indeed medicinal uses of the plant, a new study has revealed that smoking marijuana habitually during your younger years can lead to an untimely death.

According to the study, which analyzed over 45,000 men, it was discovered that 4,000 of these men died. The men involved in the study underwent military training which was mandatory from 1969 to 1970 in Sweden.

The Karolinska Institutet researchers in Stockholm investigated the men based on their files at the National Cause of Death Register. It entaileda 42-year study in which the researchers found that these men smoked weed heavily. With the compiled data, the scientists were able to determine that those who used marijuana in their teenage years have 40% chance of dying by the age of 60.

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The research can be found in the American Journal of Psychiatry. According to the published report, heavy use of pot is defined by smoking marijuana for 50 times or more. Additionally, the study discovered that accident and suicide are among those that have high probability on the cause of death of the men. In fact, the risk of experiencing such deaths is directly proportional to the amount of marijuana used during their teenage years.

Smoking pot is considered by many people as harmless, but several studies say otherwise. Recreational use of marijuana may have the following effects:

  • Difficulty in expressing oneself at middle age
  • Increased risk for psychosis and schizophrenia
  • Damaged social and work life
  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Severe mental illness

And now, we can add early death as one of the dangers of smoking too much pot, particularly at an early age. Addiction experts also agree that marijuana users have a problem with their diet and may even become tobacco smokers as there is already an increase in the association between weed and tobacco use.

It may be legal in your area, but is it good for you?
It may be legal in your area, but is it good for you?

The study becomes a reminder to heavy users that dose matters. Constantly using marijuana at a young age is correlated to poor health, both physical and mental. Too much weed can influence your choices on food and may even result to avoiding eating. It is also known that weed can affect our psychological health, which may also lead to cognitive problems.