Risk Of Mental Illness Higher In Cannabis Users
A study showed that people with a recorded history of cannabis use in general practice records are at a much higher risk of developing mental ill health problems such as anxiety or depression as well as severe mental illnesses. The researchers obtained data from 28,218 patients who had a recorded exposure to cannabis and matched it to 56,208 patients who had not been using cannabis. The cannabis users also had much higher rates of having a recorded history of using other drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamines. Following the first recorded use of cannabis, patients were three times more likely to develop common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In addition, they were almost seven times more likely to develop severe mental illnesses such as psychosis or schizophrenia. This research reaffirms the need to ensure a public health approach to recreational drug use.

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https://doi.org/10.1017/S003329172100386X
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