Associate Professor Stuart Reece and Professor Gary Hulse from University of Western Autralia’s School of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences have identified how using cannabis can alter a person’s DNA structure, causing mutations which can expose them to serious illnesses, and be passed on to their children and several future generations.
They completed an extensive analysis of literary and research material to understand how cannabis use can cause severe illnesses such as cancer and the implications for future generations.
“Through our research we found that cancers and illnesses were likely caused by cell mutations resulting from cannabis properties having a chemical interaction with a person’s DNA. With cannabis use increasing globally in recent years, this has a concerning impact for the population.
Even if a mother has never used cannabis in her life, the mutations passed on by a father’s sperm can cause serious and fatal illnesses in their children. The parents may not realise that they are carrying these mutations, which can lie dormant and may only affect generations down the track, which is the most alarming aspect.
The worst cancers are reported in the first few years of life in children exposed in utero to cannabis effects. Some people may say that previous data collected doesn’t show there are serious effects from using cannabis, but many authorities acknowledge that there is now a much larger consumption of cannabis use compared to previous years,” Reece said.
The research was published in the journal Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis.
This video from National Health Service, England also shows the negative effects of cannabis use. Watch below:
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