Hashish use in individuals 10 years and older is related to the next danger of self-harm and demise

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Led by Fontanella, the researchers considered Ohio Medicaid’s claims related to death certificate data involving teenagers between the ages of 10 and 24. The team followed for a year from the first claim to the end of enrollment, the self-harm event, or death, including attempted suicide, suicide deaths, all-cause mortality, accidental overdose, motor vehicle accidents, and homicide.

CUD was documented in more than 10 percent of adolescents and was significantly associated with age (14 to 18 years versus 10 to 13 years), male sex, black race, bipolar or “other” mood disorders, history of self-harm, and previous psychiatric use Services, reports Fontanella.

Those with more severe mood disorders were more likely to use cannabis than less severely affected teenagers, the university said. Additionally, “Cannabis use can also worsen symptoms and interfere with effective treatment for mood disorders,” he adds.

A shot of a man smoking pot.“Decreasing cannabis use and CUD rates could reduce the risk.” /. Photo from iStock / Getty Images Plus

A 2008 study of same-sex twins found that the results suggest that “exposure to cannabis alone does not lead to depression but may be linked to later suicidal thoughts and attempts”.

“Decreasing cannabis use and CUD could reduce the risk,” said Mary Fristad, a professor emeritus at Ohio State University, in the statement.

The results “should be viewed as states considering legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana, both of which are linked to increased CUD,” the study said. Fontanella adds that a national study examining comorbid mood disorders and CUD in adolescents and young adults “could further inform policy and treatment studies”.

Fontanella told CNN that there is a perception that cannabis is safe to consume, “but we need to let parents and children know that there are risks, especially with heavy and highly potent cannabis use.” For their part, clinicians need to “step in to identify and treat CUD and children with mood disorders”.

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