Study: Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Anxiety or Depression


Yet another study has been released that counters long-held beliefs about the dangers associated with marijuana use.

Washington Post reports:

New research published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

This is a challenge to some previous research which has shown that marijuana use is associated with depression and anxiety.

The researchers examined the records of nearly 35,000 U.S. adults who participated in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. They examined the prevalence of marijuana use among the study participants in 2001 and 2002, then checked on the participants’ rates of mental-health problems three years later in 2004 and 2005.

After controlling for a variety of confounding factors, such as socio-demographic characteristics, family history and environment, and past and present psychiatric disorders, the study found that “cannabis use was not associated with increased risk for developing mood or anxiety disorders.”

The new study adds to prior research discrediting the connection between marijuana and common mental-health disorders. And it’s important, because much of the federal government’s current literature on marijuana includes claims about links between marijuana and depression that are inaccurate in light of the latest findings.


4 responses to “Study: Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Anxiety or Depression”

  1. Uhhh, marijuana is medicine FOR depression and anxiety, among many other conditions. Leave it to the “experts” though, that this is inaccurately communicated and/or inadequately researched until now. It might be helpful for those “experts” to get out of the narrow mindset that negatively labeled it a gateway drug, and to talk to the real experts—those who grow, dispense, and use marijuana responsibly for it’s incredible medicinal benefits.

  2. I remember it was very unpredictable. You could be depressed and smoke a little to get up, and get more depressed. Or the opposite, take a couple of hits and get smacked with something depressing. In all my years I could never predict those moods….. no idea when or why. Strange……

    One rule not always taken to heart, it’s best to have a good friend with you when you take anything new. It’s simple, when you panic you look to them and see them in control and steady, and it puts you there with them. Although I remember an exception to to that……a friend was following the rule but smoked too much of a good one and began a long period of anxiety attacks, even when with a couple of friends……. They lasted a number of years of some therapy to get him back.

  3. Marijuana helps with my depression and anxiety .For years I have smoked and when I stopped three years ago I had to start taken medication to help with my depression but the Medication doesn’t work as well as Marijuana .Marijuana also help big time with my ADD stay focused and get into what ever project I need to complete.It also helps with my chronic pain issues and helps me to sleep .Each strand of marijuana helps with different health issues .Some help with pain,sleep,depression ,anxiety ,and mood.It also works with muscle cramps and nervier pain.I would love to quit all my medication from the doctors and start back smoking .

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