Teen Marijuana Use Linked To Higher Likelihood of Depression In Future

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Using marijuana as a teenager is related to a higher possibility of encountering depression as a grown-up, as indicated by a new study that adds to a growing debate over the health impacts of marijuana.

Cannabis is the most well-known drug for teenagers, who are progressively swinging to marijuana before liquor and tobacco. However, even as support for marijuana authorization grows there has additionally been a push to feature the drawback and potential threats of cannabis and mental health.

For the current study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, scientists from McGill and Oxford Universities analyzed 11 studies that covered almost 24,000 teens. They found that using cannabis at least weekly before 18 is related to a 37 percent increased risk of depression in adulthood (up to age 32), notwithstanding when considering somebody’s existing psychological well-being issues. Truth be told, the scientists estimate that 400,000 instances of depression in the US could be related to teen cannabis use.

The results likewise proposed that teens who used cannabis were multiple times bound to attempt suicide, in spite of the fact that that finding was not statistically powerful. There was no critical finding when it came to cannabis and anxiety.

As usual, it’s essential to note that the outcomes show associations and not causal links, and are still dependent on just 11 studies. The scientists screened more than 4,000 papers before finding the few that explicitly tracked marijuana use and mental health starting in adolescence.

Furthermore, the studies didn’t give data on how much cannabis the adolescents smoked, or the intensity. Taking into account that the subjects were teenagers decades ago, when marijuana was considerably less powerful, that is one major omission.

“The outcomes must be interpreted with caution since it depends on few published studies, yet the signal is quite strong,” says Guohua Li, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health who was not involved with the study. “The implications for the study of public strategy and psychological wellness are profound,” he includes, on the grounds that cannabis is so common, with around 20 percent of high school seniors in the US using the drug at least once per month.

The study gives voters and policymakers more data to consider, as marijuana legalization keeps on spreading in the US. As of now, 33 states have sanctioned medicinal marijuana while 10 have endorsed recreational marijuana, and numerous government officials have stood in favor of legalization.

“It will take considerably more research and learning years to comprehend the full picture of the impact of marijuana legalization and population health,” says Li. “I think protecting kids and young people and checking these small impacts is critical.”

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