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Consuming Cannabis Can Trigger Shift In DNA Structure, Study States

Update Date: May 25, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

Researchers have found out that consuming cannabis promotes the risks of shifting their DNA structure which can lead to mutations upon contact with any kinds of severe infections - which can then trigger the passing on of such illnesses to future generations in their family.

According to Medical Xpress, researchers from The University of Western Australia have finished a wide-ranging study which identified the likely causes concerning cannabis and illnesses on how they occur and the suggestions for future age groups regarding this uncovered disturbing statistics.

Associate Professor Stuart Reece and Professor Gary Hulse from UWA's School of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences pointed it out that:

"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."

Cannabis use may have  a gradual effect on one's well-being but the unnoticed impairment of one's DNA as mentioned could be passed on to one's children and to your children's children.

"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," Hulse added. 

This convincing evidence on how this occurs and the implications for future generations was not previously understood as chemicals in the cannabis will alter a DNA structure which promotes a slow cell growth - thus will have ongoing future implications for the fetal development of babies that may cause underdeveloped or overdeveloped organs and cancer.

The research has been published in the journal Mutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis.

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