Several experts warned Thursday at a conference on smoking in the Algarve that it is important to inform young people about the neurological and respiratory effects of the use of cannabis on health, whose risks are likely to be underestimated.
Researcher of the Teresa Summavielle biology, the fact that this psychoactive drug is also used for medical purposes causes "confusion", which can lead to the "brain perception of risks", especially among people young.
On the other hand, president of the Brazilian Neurology and Technology Association, José Miguel Chatkin, warned the effects of cannabis use on the respiratory system, stating that it has not yet been possible to prove the relationship between its use and its; to increase the likelihood of developing lung cancer.
According to the researcher of the Institute of Research and Innovation in Health at the University of Porto, the use of cannabis can often lead to the development of psychiatric diseases and behaviors similar to those observed in schizophrenia patients. "It was very important, early in schools, a clear policy for learning the effects of these components: tobacco, cannabis and other drugs," said Teresa Summavielle at Lusa.