Study: Marijuana Abuse by Youth with Mood Disorders Linked to Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts and Death

Heavy use of marijuana by teens and young adults with mood disorders is linked to an increased risk of self-harm, suicide attempts and death, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

“The perception is that marijuana is safe to use, but we need to educate parents and kids that there are risks involved, particularly with heavy and high potency cannabis use,” said study author Cynthia Fontanella, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at the Ohio State University’s College of Medicine.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises, people who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults.

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