Cannabis use among those as young as 10 associated with higher risk for self-harm and death

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A review of 204,780 youths and young adults with mood disorders has found that cannabis use or abuse is significantly associated with a higher risk for non-fatal self-harm and unintentional death. The presence of cannabis use disorder (CUD) “was significantly associated with an increased risk of non-fatal self-harm, all-cause mortality and death by unintentional overdose and homicide,” notes the study , published this week in JAMA Pediatrics . While the findings call “attention to these associations, it is unable to contribute to our understanding of causality or mechanism,” Cynthia Fontanella, an associate professor at Ohio State University, notes in a statement . Study exploring the impact of cannabis on liver transplant outcomes found there weren’t any Cocaine users who consume weed to help sleep aren’t getting better ZZZs Study: Rates of depression and anxiety may be higher in people with cannabis use disorder Led by Fontanella, researchers considered the Ohio Medicaid claims linked to death certificate data involving youths between the ages of 10 and 24. The team followed for as long as a year from the initial claim until the end of enrolment, the self-harm event or death, taking into account suicide attempts, suicide deaths, all-cause mortality, unintentional overdose, motor vehicle crashes and homicide. CUD was documented in more than 10 per cent of the youths and was significantly associated with older age — 14 to 18 years versus 10 to 13 years —male sex, Black race, bipolar or “other” mood disorders, prior history of self-harm and previous mental health service use, Fontanella reports. Those with mood disorders of greater severity were more inclined to use cannabis than less severely affected youth, the university statement notes. Additionally, “cannabis use can also worsen symptoms and interfere with successful mood disorder treatment,” it adds. A study published in 2008 involving same-sex…

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