Newshawk: Ken Russell
Pubdate: Sun, 06 Aug 2000
Source: Canberra Times (Australia)
Copyright: 2000 Canberra Times
Contact: letters.editor@canberratimes.com.au Source: Canberra Times (Australia)
Author: Dr Wickham
Note: Dr Wickham writes a regular medical column in the Canberra Sunday Times

IS MARIJUANA HARMFUL?

Marijuana is far more harmful to humans than alcohol, and is also more addictive. It is stored
in the body fat, and can cause flash-backs that may disorient and hallucinate the user at
inappropriate times days or weeks later. Mothers who use the drug can cause congenital
abnormalities in their babies, and regular users may suffer brain damage, behavioral changes,
breast enlargement, reduction in sex hormone levels, lung damage and many more
biochemical changes to the body. There is also no doubt that addiction to marijuana may be
the start of a very slippery slope to hard drug addiction.


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