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Cannabis Linked to Depression and Suicide in Young Adults

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By    |   Thursday, 21 February 2019 03:30 PM

Teens and young adults who consume cannabis are at increased risk of depression and suicidal behavior, according to a new study released by a team of researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

The study was part of an awareness campaign started by the Quebec government to observe the effects and risks of smoking pot among young people. That campaign asked researchers to observe how the brain, which continues to develop until the age of 25, is affected by using cannabis. The results indicated smoking weed in adolescence could harmfully alter mental health.

The McGill study concluded smoking pot can be linked to depression in about seven percent of Canadians and Americans between the ages of 18 and 32, according to an article published in the Montreal Gazette. That works out to about 25,000 young Canadians and 400,000 young Americans who suffer from depression because of earlier daily or even occasional use of cannabis.

Even more telling was the increased risk of suicide among pot users. The authors stated if the individual has a predisposition toward suicide or has suicidal thoughts, the increased risk of actually attempting to commit suicide jumps to 50 percent.

"Preadolescents and adolescents should avoid using cannabis as it is associated with a significant increased risk of developing depression or suicidality in your adulthood," the study concluded. "These findings should inform public health policy and governments to apply preventative strategies to reduce the use of cannabis among the youth."

The results were published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry and are based on a review of over a dozen international studies comprising more than 23,000 individuals.

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