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White House Office of National Drug Control Policy reported today that marijuana, teens and depression should not be mixed as they turn out to be a bad combination.

Analysis of around a dozen studies about marijuana use and mental health showed that using marijuana to "self-medicate" might actually worsen their underlying depression or trigger other mental health issues.
These study reports are trying to correct two misunderstandings from the past – that teen depression is not a problem, something that these kids will grow out of and that teen marijuana use is not a problem. Marijuana appears to be a more consequential substance of abuse than it has been treated in the last 20 years.

A 16-year study showed that adolescents who were not depressed but used marijuana were four times more likely to be depressed at follow-up, suggesting marijuana could cause depression. This study also showed that those who were not depressed when first surveyed and then used opioids were 228 times more likely to be depressed at follow-up. However, this data appear to be only statistically meaningful after the researchers adjusted for variables including age, gender, and antisocial symptoms, suggesting a weaker relationship between depression and marijuana before adjustments were made.

While the study suggest that marijuana use in adolescents may trigger psychosis, depression, and other mental illness, the causality research is still ongoing.

This has been used by the The Marijuana Project officials who are trying to promote marijuana for medical purposes under doctors' supervision who said that the study report was misleading and confusing correlation with causation.

The British government's official scientific advisers on illegal drugs stated that they were not convinced that there was a causal relationship between the use of cannabis and any affective disorder, including depression.
Experts do believe that marijuana carries risk, especially in teenagers who are more susceptible to substance abuse and mental health problems due to genetic makeup and environmental factors.

Research shows taht 1 in 10 kids who smoke marijuana go on to develop dependence, and about 1 in 10 kids who become dependent on marijuana have psychotic symptoms. The thing is that mental illness and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand and adolescents may be getting high to avoid going down.

Parents who notice signs of depression or substance abuse are advised to have their child professionally assessed.

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Just so you know, this is goverment propoganda. Trying to show causality where none exists. There are way too many factors to chalk this up to depression. How about the fact that many people are "depressed" the type of people volunteering for the study, being asked about depression, having a medicine that may help, conditions developing over time, etc. Statistics are used to lie in this scenario. Please spread your misinformation elsewhere, not on a health forum, just because something is a study does not mean it's right, true, or helpful.
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white house propaganda to keep keep the smokers down....get real
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