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Although the legality of marijuana is beginning to spread across the nation, the drug has many dangerous physical and mental effects that citizens should be made aware of before they make the choice to try or continue to use the substance.

Marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. A major study has even reported that a single cannabis joint has the ability to cause as much damage to the lungs as smoking five regular cigarettes consecutively.

Other studies show that the mental functions of people who have smoked marijuana in access tend to be diminished as the THC in cannabis disrupts nerve cells in the brain affecting memory. Furthermore, those who have smoked long-term often suffer from bronchitis, which is an inflammation of the respiratory tract.

Marijuana also has the ability to negatively affect more than just your physical health. 2008 Australian studies have linked years of heavy marijuana use to brain abnormalities. This is backed by earlier research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicated changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs.

Although marijuana has a variety of medical benefits, smoking the substance can lead to more harmful effects than it’s worth.

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