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Study Says Casual Pot Use Harmful to Teens

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that recreational marijuana use among teenagers is 2 to 3 times more likely to lead to depression and suicidal thoughts than non-users.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that teens with cannabis use disorder are 4 times more likely to experience these thoughts and feelings. The study also found that marijuana use was linked to other issues such as school failure, skipping school, and police involvement.

A new study from Columbia University has found that teens who recreationally use cannabis are two to four times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders and engage in problem behaviors, such as poor academic performance and trouble with the law. Even casual use of cannabis is associated with long-term negative outcomes, affecting the mental health, behavior, and potential development of adolescents. The research, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, suggests that teenagers engaging in recreational cannabis use are two to four times more prone to developing mental health issues like depression and suicidality compared to their peers who refrain from cannabis use entirely.

The study also revealed that even infrequent usage of cannabis can put teens at risk for problematic behaviors, such as poor academic results, school absenteeism, and legal issues, which may potentially hinder their long-term development and prevent them from realizing their full potential as adults. The study is the first to identify that subclinical, or non-disordered, cannabis use—symptoms and behaviors that do meet the criteria for a clinical disorder—has clear adverse and impairing associations for adolescents. In conclusion, the study highlights the importance of addressing the negative impacts of cannabis use on the mental health and potential development of adolescents.

Parents who are experiencing, clinical psychiatry, emphasized the importance of discussing marijuana use, depression, and anxiety with parents to prevent further negative impacts on their children's mental health.

A child psychiatrist discovered a higher risk of mental health issues among recreational users, highlighting the negative impact of cannabis use on thinking and potentially increasing depression and suicidal thoughts, a concern for child psychiatrists.

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