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. In the wake of the growing number of U.S. states and countries liberalizing rules governing cannabis — Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota are on track to advance recreational weed, Mexico has agreed to approve a marijuana legalization bill and Argentina is now allowing at-home grows for medicinal use — “it has become important to assess the potential harmful effects of cannabis use,” according to a study synopsis in Physicians Weekly . “Youths are particularly vulnerable to the harmful consequences of cannabis use with effects that can continue into adulthood,” notes the study post. Using alcohol and bud simultaneously not associated with engaging in certain risky activities: study Study: Cannabis could be 25 per cent stronger today than it was 50 years ago 68 per cent of Americans favour legalizing weed, showing that the recent ‘green’ sweep during the U.S. election was no fluke U.S. researchers used several electronic databases to screen 11,348 potential studies, notes the study published online in The Journal of American Psychology . 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. Researchers examined the association for cannabis use patterns — lifetime, occasional and frequent — to verify the existence of a “dose-response” relationship. “Our preliminary findings suggested a potential dose-response relationship; that is, more frequent cannabis users were at increased…

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