The more cannabis you smoke, the more likely you'll be lower social class than your parents - study

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International research has found the more you smoke cannabis, the more likely you are to be a 'loser'.

The study conducted by a team of researchers led by Magdalena Cerda at the University of California and Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt at Duke University followed participants from infants up to the age of 38, and found people who smoked cannabis four or more days a week over time ended up in a lower social class than their parents, the Daily Mail reports.

It also found regular users ended up in lower paying jobs and were more likely to have relationship problems.

"Our research does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalisation," Cerda told the Daily Mail. "But it does show that cannabis was not safe for the long-term users tracked in our study."

The Daily Mail reports regular users experienced more financial problems and anti-social behaviours than those who didn't use cannabis.

From the study, 18 percent, or 173 participants, were considered cannabis dependent, and 15 per cent fell into the regular cannabis use categories.