Depression Attracts Frequent Marijuana Users, And Could Worsen Symptoms

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About 50% of adults believe cannabis relieves symptoms from anxiety, stress, and depression, a 2018 national survey reported. One rat study reported cannabis could relieve stress-induced depression and Canadian researchers found marijuana was an effective anti-depressant at low doses. But using marijuana dramatically spiked, particularly for those with depression. A new study found people with depression were double the risk of using marijuana than those without, and were more likely to consume at a near-daily rate. In 2005, those with depression were 46% more likely to consume marijuana, but by 2015 they were 130% more likely to do so.

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A new study found people with depression were double the risk of using marijuana than those without, and were more likely to consume at a near-daily rate.

Current research on how marijuana affects mental health disorders is mixed, but the public perceives the relationship differently. About 50% of adults believe cannabis relieves symptoms from anxiety, stress, and depression, a 2018 national survey reported. Over 16,000 U.S. adults were polled and only 15% of them thought cannabis could worsen those symptoms.

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