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Study Says That Mental Health Problems Double Among Marijuana Users

Puff, Puff . . . Pass? Mental Health Issues Double in Pot Users

Most of the people I know who smoke pot say that blazing up helps them mellow out and unwind from stress. Now, a new study is reporting that cannabis users suffer from mental health problems twice as much as non-users.

Statistics Netherlands, the author of the study, surveyed almost 18,500 people over a two-year period — from  2007 to 2009. Of that group, 20 percent of male cannabis users said they were suffering from mental problems, while only 10 percent of nonusers reported any. From the women's side, 28 percent of cannabis users suffered from mental health problems, while only 14 percent of nonusers did. Those who reported mental health problems cited anxiety, melancholy, sadness, and impatience.

While this latest study is interesting, it's a survey that barely skims the surface. Is marijuana the cause, or do people with a tendency toward mental health problems seek it out? And, ultimately, do these numbers mean anything — Many poeple feel that marijuana use alleviates many of the mental health issues the users cite. What do you think?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
A lot of people with mental issues probably use pot to self-medicate, sort of like how a lot of people who are bipolar or depressed use alcohol to self-medicate. Same principle.
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
Wow, sorry about all the typos. Working and stressing a point... hard to do at the same time! :)
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
You make it sounds like pot is what causes the mental problems. Perhaps it is just the people WITH mental health problems to begin with end up using pot because it helps their issues. I am one. Why don't you look up the research that they are doing now, directly injecting cancer cells with THC extract and how it is making them dissappear completely. That is a little would be a lot more interesting than this article...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Anonymous #2, I was just gonna say that.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I'll never be convinced that needing any type of drug (including alcohol) to relax or unwind is a healthy habit... but i do wonder if it's the cause of the symptom. I would guess it goes a little bit in both directions.
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