Study suggests cannabis use in young adults is a risk factor for violence

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Young cannabis users were about twice as likely to perpetrate acts of physical violence as non-users, suggests a meta-analysis exploring whether or not marijuana use is associated with interpersonal physical violence in people under 30. Subscribe to the Cannabis Post newsletter for weekly insights into the industry, what insiders will be talking about and content from across the Postmedia Network. Furthermore, “our findings from longitudinal studies supported our hypothesis that cannabis use during adolescence may lead individuals to later perpetrate physical violence in early adulthood,” it adds. Ultimately, 30 study arms were included in the review, offering a sample of 296,815 adolescents and young adults. Overall, the results “demonstrate a moderate association between cannabis use and physical violence,” states the study abstract, which adds that the association “remained significant” regardless of study design and adjustment for confounding factors like socioeconomic factors and other substance use.

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Young cannabis users were about twice as likely to perpetrate acts of physical violence as non-users, suggests a meta-analysis exploring whether or not marijuana use is associated with interpersonal physical violence in people under 30.

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