What are the physical health risks of using cannabis?

The most common physical health effect of long-term cannabis use is an increased risk of respiratory diseases associated with smoking (including cancer). This risk has been shown to be present even in the absence of tobacco smoke, while harms appear to be additive for individuals who smoke both tobacco and cannabis. Cannabis use is additionally associated with a range of mental health problems that may also increase risk to physical health.

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Source: Adapted from the DrugInfo (2018) and Alcohol and Drug Foundation (2018) websites.