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Marijuana use can double the risk of car accidents

Marijuana use can double the risk of car accidents

New study of Columbia University , in the United States, found that marijuana use increases the occurrence of car accidents. To conclude, the researchers looked at nine studies, of which eight concluded that drivers who use marijuana are more likely to get involved in traffic accidents. The exception was because of a smaller study conducted in Thailand, but the prevalence of herb use in this study was much lower than in the other studies.

According to the researchers, drivers who used marijuana for up to three hours before picking on the steering wheel have more than double the chances of being involved in motor vehicle accidents, regardless of which. The researchers also found evidence that the risk of an accident increases with the concentration of marijuana in the blood - which was measured according to urine tests and the patient's own report.

According to the study - whose results were published in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews - 28% of drivers involved in fatal accidents were under the effect of the drug. More studies will be needed to understand the relationship between cannabis herb and car accidents.

Marijuana may increase chances of testicular cancer

The use of the herb may also be related to tumors, according to a study conducted by the Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo (Icesp). The result indicates that marijuana users are more likely to develop testicular cancer than non-users.

The survey was based on the 500 patients seen monthly at the Icesp urology clinic. Of the total, 30% had tumors in the testicles, and 70% were already in the advanced stages.

The results indicated that one in four patients with testicular cancer, or 25% of those attended at the unit, reported using marijuana regularly .

According to the researchers, surgeries of total or partial removal of the testicles and the prostate represent one-third of the 10,000 surgeries performed at the hospital. Testicular cancer is curable, especially if the problem is detected early.


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