Some research suggests that marijuana smokers are diagnosed with depression more often than nonsmokers are — particularly regular or heavy marijuana users. However, it doesn't appear that marijuana directly causes depression. It's likely that the genetic, environmental or other factors that trigger depression also lead to marijuana use.
Millions of American teens report experiencing weeks of hopelessness and loss of interest in normal daily activities and many of these depressed teens are using marijuana and other drugs, making their situation worse, according to a new White House report released today. The report, from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy ONDCPreveals that marijuana use can worsen depression and lead to more serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and even suicide. Research shows that some teens are using drugs to alleviate feelings of depression "self-medicating"when in fact, using marijuana can compound the problem.
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Teen use of marijuana may raise the risk of major depression and suicidal thoughts later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers found that cannabis use during the teenage years was associated with a nearly 40 percent bump in the risk of depression and a 50 percent increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts in adulthood, according to the study, published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. The study comes at a time when cannabis use continues to be high among teens. The latest data on adolescent use comes from the Monitoring the Future studywhich says 14 percent of eighth graders, 32 percent of 10th graders and 43 percent of 12th graders report using cannabis at some point in their lives.
Many cannabis users claim that marijuana helps them to feel happier, more relaxed and less anxious. On the other hand, some cannabis users report that marijuana increases their anxiety, depression and paranoia. So, which is it — does marijuana use improve or worsen the symptoms of anxiety and depression?
Several studies have linked marijuana use to increased risk for psychiatric disorders, including psychosis schizophreniadepression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, but whether and to what extent it actually causes these conditions is not always easy to determine. The strongest evidence to date concerns links between marijuana use and substance use disorders and between marijuana use and psychiatric disorders in those with a preexisting genetic or other vulnerability. Research using longitudinal data from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions examined associations between marijuana use, mood and anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
Don't miss out! Create your free JWatch. J Clin Psychiatry A systematic review of 12 longitudinal studies associates greater cannabis use with poorer symptomatic outcomes in patients with wide-ranging anxiety and mood diagnoses.
There are indications that marijuana is increasingly used to alleviate symptoms and for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions both physical and psychological. The purpose of this study was to describe the health concerns and problems that prompt some adolescents to use marijuana for therapeutic reasons, and their beliefs about the risks and benefits of the therapeutic use of marijuana. As part of a larger ethnographic study of 63 adolescents who were regular marijuana users, we analyzed interviews conducted with 20 youth who self-identified as using marijuana to relieve or manage health problems.