Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Help Anxiety and Depression and Doubles Addiction Risk, New Study Finds

A new study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety and depression failed to improve these symptoms while doubling the risk of developing cannabis use disorder.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, followed 269 adults from the Boston area with an average age of 37 who wanted to obtain medical marijuana cards.

Because the researchers could not create “placebo” cannabis, participants were divided into two groups: one was allowed to get cards immediately and start using them; the other group waited for 12 weeks before obtaining them.

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