Affects of Alcohol And Marijuana On the Skeletal System. By Shannon Remy and Tara Feehan. The Affects of Marijuana on the Skeletal System. How does marijuana affect the skeletal system?.
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By Shannon Remy
and Tara Feehan
Spina bifida is a spinal defect that forms while a fetus is inside its mother. The spinal cord doesn’t form properly and the skin can’t grow around it. If the mother smokes marijuana during her pregnancy, it can cause this birth defect.
Marijuana use impairs the ability of T-cells which help destroy other cells infected with disease. This can lead to the contraction of diseases such as Polio. Polio is a disease which affects the spinal cord and can cause paralysis. Fortunately, most people are vaccinated for Polio when they are babies.
Just like smoking cigarettes, marijuana has the potential to turn a person’s teeth yellow.
Smoking marijuana can also cause periodontal disease, a bacterial inflammation in the gum tissue causing the connective tissue to weaken, and as a result, tooth loss.
Heavy drinking may lead to Osteoporosis- characterized by severe back pain, spinal deformity, and increased risk of wrist and hip fractures
The skeletal consequences of alcohol intake may be especially harmful during adolescence, when the rapid skeletal growth ultimately responsible for achieving peak bone mass occurs. By limiting peak bone mass attainment, the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life may increase.
Don't do marijuana or alcohol