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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 507-511

Oral health aspects of cannabis use

1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Punjab, India
2 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Punjab University Dental College, Chandigarh, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Periodontics, Rayat and Bahra Dental College, Punjab, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Guru Ram Dass Dental College, Amritsar, India
5 Consultant, Apollo Dental Centre, Chandigarh, India

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Ramandeep Singh Gambhir
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Rajpura, Punjab
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The use of cannabis, both medicinal and recreational, is growing. There are three main forms of cannabis: Marijuana, hash and hash oil, all of which contain the main psychoactive constituent THC. Many people are getting addicted to Marijuana, ignorant of its harmful effects on health. Today, cannabis abuse is a major concern because of its negative effects on general and oral health. Cannabis users are more prone to develop dental caries, xerostomia, alveolar bone loss, pre-cancerous oral lesions and other oral infections. The debate over the personal use of marijuana in around the world is extremely contentious with supporters for decriminalization and legalization, and others who assert the importance of strict prohibition. Public should have the best information at their disposal about the harms and risks associated with using cannabis in any form. The present review will throw a spot light on the global prevalence of cannabis use and some of the important oral health effects of cannabis abuse, which are an important concern to a dental professional.

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