Dagga weak­ens bones

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LON­DON: Heavy dagga smok­ers are dam­ag­ing their bones and could de­velop os­teo­poro­sis in later life, a study shows.

Re­searchers have found that users who smoke sev­eral times a day have more frag­ile spines and hips, and suf­fer more bro­ken bones.

Lead re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Stu­art Ral­ston, of the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh, said: “Heavy users of cannabis have quite a large re­duc­tion in bone den­sity com­pared with non- users and there is a real con­cern that this may put them at in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing os­teo­poro­sis.”

Sci­en­tists stud­ied 170 cannabis smok­ers. Heavy use was de­fined as hav­ing used the drug on more than 5 000 oc­ca­sions.

Com­pared with 114 peo­ple who did not smoke cannabis, the heavy users had lower bone den­sity in their hips and spines, the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Medicine re­ports. The den­sity was about five per­cent lower than cig­a­rette smok­ers who did not take the drug. – Daily Mail

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