Continuing research into cannabis use finds more evidence it is being used responsibly
Researchers in Spain have come together to investigate in depth the relationship between cannabis and public health. According to the results obtained, they were not able to find any deterioration in the health of regular cannabis users compared to the general population. In simple terms, those who constantly enjoy their dose of marijuana do not have to worry about long-term health risks.
The research, shared through the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, set out to analyze the impact of regular marijuana use on public health. This is the first time that data like this has been compared in the general population of Spain, taking into account that the country has the third highest rate of cannabis use in Europe. Like the US, there are several exceptions to the rules, but the plant remains illegal at the federal level throughout the Old Continent country.
Several experts from different areas came together to develop a specific questionnaire based on the Catalan Public Health Survey, analyzing almost 420 regular cannabis users in the Catalonia region of Spain. The data obtained between 2019 and 2022 analyzed sociodemographic factors, general and mental health, lifestyle, social support, and use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.
The results were quite clear; the general health of regular cannabis users is comparable to or even better than that of the general population. These users had better body mass indexes, and fewer problems with blood pressure, cholesterol, chronic diseases, physical limitations and depression. At the same time, the authors indicated that about 30% of the participants were able to stop taking prescription drugs while using cannabis.