MARIJUANA USE MAY RAISE RISK OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Written by Honor Whiteman
The risk of periodontal disease may be increased with
long-term marijuana use, suggests a new study published inJAMA Psychiatry.
However, the study found no link between long-term use of the drug and greater risk of other physical health problems.
Marijuana - also referred to as cannabis - is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.
According to a 2014 survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), around 22.2 million Americans report using the drug in the past month.
Marijuana use is particularly common among adolescents and young adults. NIDA report that in 2015, almost 35 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the past year, while 21.3 percent were current users.