Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health

Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health

Susan A. Stoner | June 2017
Marijuana is the most commonly used drug of abuse in the United States. As found in the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.2 million people aged 12 and older had used marijuana in the past month. Research suggests that marijuana use has increased over the past decade as perceptions of risk of harm from using marijuana among adults in the general population have steadily declined. As of June 2017, 26 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws that have legalized marijuana use in some form, and 3 additional states have recently passed measures permitting use of medical marijuana. Mental health conditions figure prominently among the reasons given for medical marijuana use, yet there is a dearth of rigorous, experimentally controlled studies
examining the effects of marijuana on mental health conditions. This research brief will summarize what is known about the effects of marijuana on anxiety disorders.
Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health





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