Study: No Link Between Teen Marijuana Use and Mental Illness

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Photo Credit: MJInvestor News

One of the strong subjects of debate when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana is the effects marijuana might have on children. Marijuana is thought to be useful in the treatment of various illnesses, including epilepsy and other seizure disorders, or autism, many of which afflict children and young adults. While the relief these patients may feel from high CBD strains of medical marijuana seems incredible in comparison to the pharmaceutical options currently available, many parents and caregivers are concerned about how the medication may affect these children both mentally and physically as they mature into adulthood. Now, evidence suggests there is no link between marijuana use and mental or physical health.

The Daily Chronic discusses a study of this link, saying, "Researchers found no link between teen marijuana use and the development of psychotic symptoms, lifetime depression, anxiety, allergies, headaches, cancer, asthma, or high blood pressure." The study divided its participant population (408 males between the age of adolescence to the 30's) into four groups based on how often and when they began to use marijuana. Very few participants had mental health issues, even when ignoring the controlled mitigating factors like access to healthcare, use of other drugs, cigarette smoking, and others factors. 

The results of this study are significant because they seem to show there is little to no connection between the youth use of marijuana and the development of mental illness, but it is important to note that the study is incomplete; the only test subjects were male. We hope that further research will reveal that using marijuana in adolescence is not harmful on mental of physical development, so parents and caregivers can feel reassured when using medical marijuana to treat a child's condition.

For more details on the study, read this article on Marijuana Investor News.