Though the national legalization of marijuana is eminent, a new study reveals that smoking it can lead to mental disorders, unhealthy babies, lack of intelligence, among other things.
The study’s author also doubled down on a long said belief that daily use of marijuana (also known as weed) can lead to dependence and serve as a gateway to other harder drugs.
Additionally, the study--which was published in the journal “Addiction”--concludes that people who drive after smoking marijuana are twice as likely to be in a car accident, and teens who smoke regularly are twice as likely to have impaired brain function and mental disorders as adults.
"The perception that cannabis is a safe drug is a mistaken reaction to a past history of exaggeration of its health risks," said study author Professor Wayne Hall, according to the New York Daily News.
The study also found that babies born to mothers who smoked marijuana may have lower birth weights, and that smoking marijuana may increase the risk for chronic bronchitis. The study also said that teens and young adults are just as likely to smoke marijuana as they are cigarettes.
Still overdosing on marijuana is rare, causing many to believe that the drug is safe. However, Hall says that marijuana’s long-term effects should not be taken lightly. For instance, smoking marijuana may not immediately cause a heart attack, however, people can die of heart problems that may have been caused by heavy weed smoking.