Association of Cannabis Use in Adolescence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Young Adulthood

This compilation of 11 studies and 23,317 preadolescents and adolescents under age 18 showed that cannabis use was associated with the development of depression or suicidal behaviors in young adults (ages 18-32). Overall, the risk for an individual youth to developmental problems related to cannabis was moderate to low. But because cannabis is the most commonly abused drug in the world, the high prevalence of adolescents consuming cannabis generates a large number of young people who could develop depression and suicidality attributable to cannabis. “This is an important public health problem and concern, which should be properly addressed by health care policy.”

by Gabriella Gobbi, MD, PhD; Tobias Atkin, BA; Tomasz Zytynski, MD; et al

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