Regular cannabis consumption has no negative impact on public health – study

Regular cannabis consumption has no negative impact on public health – study
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A new study from researchers in Spain found no decline in the health of regular cannabis consumers when compared to the general population. The paper, published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, assessed the impact of regular cannabis consumption on public health and compared the data to the general population in Spain for the first time.  Spain has the third highest rate of cannabis consumption in Europe (3.7% of the population). While people can access cannabis via the cannabis social club (CSCs) model, the plant remains federally illegal throughout Spain.  Researchers from the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS) and the Department of Biological & Health Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, developed a specific questionnaire based on the Catalan Public Health Survey, that looked at 419 regular cannabis users in the Catalonia region of Spain. Researchers collected information from 2019 to 2022 on survey participants looking at sociodemographic data, general and mental health, lifestyle, social support, and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. The study, partially funded by Fundación Canna, found that the overall health of regular cannabis consumers is comparable to or better than the general population. Better health and less prescription medications Cannabis users demonstrated better scores on positive health perception and body mass index and reported having fewer issues with cholesterol, blood pressure, chronic diseases, physical limitations, and depression (7.1% of cannabis users had depression compared to 20.5% of the general population).  Cannabis users reported consuming half the amount of alcohol as the general population. Researchers also found that about 30% of the sample was able to stop taking prescription medications while using cannabis. Cannabis users had lower scores than the general population when it came to sleep indicators, suggesting that they have more issues with sleep. However, existing…

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