Federal study shows link between pot use, suicide

A year and a half after Michigan’s first pot shops opened, a new study by the federal government shows a link between marijuana use and suicide in young adults.

The study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which analyzed data from more than 280,000 people ages 18 to 35, suggests marijuana users thought about suicide, planned suicide or attempted it more often than people who don’t use marijuana.

The findings come as marijuana usage increases across the country and as more states like Michigan — where the first marijuana stores opened in December 2019 — legalize it for recreational use. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of adults in the United States who use cannabis jumped from 22.6 million in 2008 to 45 million in 2019. The number of daily or near-daily users increased from 3.6 million to 9.8 million during that same time.

While the researchers aren’t saying that marijuana is causing suicidal thoughts or actions, they are pointing out that people who use pot are more prone to suicidal thoughts or actions.

“While we cannot establish that cannabis use caused the increased suicidality we observed in this study, these associations warrant further research, especially given the great burden of suicide on young adults,” NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, senior author of the study, said in a prepared statement. “As we better understand the relationship between cannabis use, depression and suicidality, clinicians will be able to provide better guidance and care to patients.”

Researchers studied data from four groups of people — those who do not use marijuana, those who use marijuana but don’t use it every day, those who use it daily (which, for the purposes of the study, was defined as at least 300 days a year), and those who are addicted to it.

The conclusion: Among people who did not report having depression, 3% of people who do not use marijuana reported thoughts of suicide, compared to 7% of nondaily cannabis users, 9% of daily cannabis users and 14% of those addicted to cannabis.

Among people with depression, 35% of people who did not use cannabis had suicidal thoughts, compared to 44% of those who reported nondaily cannabis use, 53% of those who used cannabis daily and 50% of those who are addicted to cannabis.

The study published online Tuesday in JAMA Network Open, the free, online journal of the American Medical Association.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2021/06/22/national-institute-on-drug-abuse-links-weed-use-suicide/7746023002/

Like this article?

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Related Posts

Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana Confirmed In Connecticut, Eyed In Dozens Of Overdoses

Health officials in Connecticut issued a warning about fentanyl-laced marijuana, which is being eyed in a rash of overdoses throughout the state. Since July, 39 overdoses requiring the use of naloxone for revival have been reported. In each case, the person involved said they had only smoked marijuana, but officials said they exhibited opioid symptoms.

IASIC Speaker Series Presents Cannabis and Psychosis

The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) is excited to present the IASIC Speaker Series. Presented free of charge, this ongoing educational seminar series will focus on the science, data and peer-reviewed research surrounding marijuana and will be led by international medical experts. This non-partisan and non-political series is continually developed,

Join the Conversation Live on the High Truths Season Finale!

November 19 at 11:30 AM PST The season finale of High Truths is a special event that will take live questions from you, our listeners. Please join us live and take the opportunity to talk directly to our experts. Register for the live session! Listen to Season One of High Truths Here

IASIC Warns Wall Street Journal Readers “Cannabis Can Cause Serious Health Hazards”

IASIC, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, is a medical organization of doctors who educate on marijuana based on the scientific and medical literature. IASIC is a non-partisan and non-political group created to facilitate informed decisions when considering cannabis policy and law. If you saw the recent ad in the November 6/7, 2021

IASIC Speaker Series Presents The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: High-Potency, Psychosis, and Suicide

The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) is excited to present the IASIC Speaker Series. Presented free of charge, this ongoing educational seminar series will focus on the science, data and peer-reviewed research surrounding marijuana and will be led by international medical experts. This non-partisan and non-political series is continually developed,

Scroll to Top