Dr. Roneet Lev, with Scripps Hospital Emergency Room, wants to make sure parents and youth are making informed decisions and understand the risks.
During Thursday’s event, doctors laid out the relationship between marijuana use and youth mental health. Lev warned that cannabis use is a suicide risk factor for people under the age of 25. Doctors said that Cannabis Use Disorder and daily cannabis use were associated with suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts in people 18 to 35 years old, with or without underlying major depression. The FDA warns people with psychiatric history should avoid even prescription level THC.
“People who have a mental illness can exacerbate their condition by using THC,” Lev said.
Experts warn that THC is also getting stronger. The Department of Justice found that the average potency levels in marijuana has increased from 8.9% to 12.1% between 2008 to 2017.
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