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Canadian study suggests using cannabis can affect future mental performance

Montreal researchers conducting a meta-review of studies that explored the magnitude of acute and residual effects of cannabis use on cognition suggest detrimental effects persist beyond the initial high.

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“Cannabis use leads to acute cognitive impairments that may continue beyond the period of intoxication,” notes Dr. Alexandre Dumais, an associated clinical professor at the University of Montreal who led the study in Addiction.

Study investigators point out that cannabis is one of the most consumed psychoactive substances worldwide; indeed, the World Health Organization reports 2.5 per cent of the global population consumes cannabis at least yearly compared to approximately 0.2 per cent for both

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