Study Hints at Link Between Youth Marijuana Use and Depression

Jointogether.org reports on a research summary which links youth marijuana use and depression. A Dutch study has found that marijuana use before age 17 was associated with a 50-percent increase in the risk of later suffering an episode of depression, although researchers said that the association weakened when a history of conduct disorders was figured in, Reuters reported July 6.

Researchers said the findings don’t prove that youthful marijuana use leads to depression, or vice-versa. However, study author Ron de Graff of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction said it is possible that drug use could affect the still-developing adolescent brain.

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