INTERNATIONAL: Cannabis Use in Teens Raises Risk of Depression in Young Adults

March 08, 2019

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News

Medical Xpress

Cannabis use in teens may increase depression and suicide risk in early adulthood. That is according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 studies from around the world. The first of its kind, the review found that cannabis use among teens is associated with an increased risk of developing depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors as young adults. The review did not find an association between cannabis use and anxiety. “Our findings about depression and suicidality are very relevant for clinical practice and public health,” said Andrea Cipriani, study coauthor and NIHR research professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford. “Although the size of the negative effects of cannabis can vary between individual adolescents and it is not possible to predict the exact risk for each teenager, the widespread use of cannabis among the young generations makes it an important public health issue.”

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