The High Gentleman.
Smoking weed regularly can increase your chance of developing gum disease, and may result in your teeth falling, new evidence suggests.
This has been found in the latest research on the drug, scientist have been racing to understand all the long-term effects of cannabis as the drug is now legal in more than half of the US states.
The study conducted by Columbia University, looked at over 500 recreational cannabis users.
The study found those who said they smoked cannabis regularly were more likely to have oral health disorder, as opposed to those who said they were occasional users.
Approximately 27 percent of the 1,938 adults who participated in the Centers for Disease Control’s 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, reported using cannabis at least once during the 12 months.
Results published in the Journal of Periodontology, showed that self-identifying regular cannabis users had greater evidence of moderate to severe gum disease than less regular users.
The researchers assessed gum disease by measuring the space between teeth and gums, healthy gums fit the teeth with no more than 3mm between the tooth and gum. Larger spaces suggest gum disease.
Ian Hamilton, a cannabis researcher at the University of York, told MailOnline: ‘This confirms the findings of previous studies that suggest people who use cannabis are less likely to brush their teeth or visit a dentist regularly, both factors can contribute to gum disease.
‘In addition a combination of reduced saliva excretion and increased appetite commonly referred to as the “munchies” are also important aspects which are thought to play a part in the increased risk of gum disease for people who smoke cannabis.’
If you are a regular cannabis user, we suggest that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss and visit the dentist every three months. Show the scientists that stoners are not lazy people who don’t take care of their teeth. Also, try avoid sugary treats as your go to munchie snacks.