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Heavy pot smoking may lower bone density

It leads to lower the Body Mass Index (BMI) that further leads to thinning of their bones

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Publish Date: Oct 13 2016 4:18PM | Updated Date: Oct 13 2016 4:20PM

Heavy pot smoking may lower bone density
After causing cancer and various cardiovascular diseases, smoking pot has found associations with lower bone density making you more vulnerable to fractures. 
 
In a research conducted by University of Edinburgh in Scotland, it was found that heavy users of cannabis are more prone to lower bone density compared to non regular smokers. 
 
Also, it leads to lower the Body Mass Index (BMI) that further leads to thinning of their bones.  
 
For the test, the researchers tested 170 people who smoke cannabis regularly and 114 non-users
 
Through their specialized x ray technique called DEXA, showed that bone density of heavy cannabis users was about five per cent lower than cigarette smokers who did not use cannabis.
 
Also, fractures were seen to be more common in heavy users as compared to non users. 
 
Some justify cannabis by saying that its associated with increasing the appetite while in the test it was found that it lowered BMI. 
 
The study was  published in the American Journal of Medicine.