A new joint research study from Arizona State University, Duke University, and the University of Otago in New Zealand found cannabis consumption does not lead to major health problems in lung function, systemic inflammation, and metabolic health. The longitudinal study tracked the habits and health of 1,037 New Zealand young adults. Scientists concluded they could not identify statistical connections between cannabis use and major health problems, except in the case of periodontal health. Even after adjusting for dental hygiene factors and tobacco use, those who consumed marijuana still had poorer dental health than those who abstained. That being said, researchers were relying on self-reported information from participants and could not point to marijuana use as the sole cause of poor periodontal health.
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