Good news for cannabis users! Reports that marijuana causes depression and anxiety have been refuted.
The legalization of marijuana is a very controversial topic, but it’s looking like people using marijuana are going nowhere. Marijuana is legal to use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. It’s legal for medical purposes in Delaware, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and more.
Now, according to the Post-Gazatte , a new study found in the JAMA Psychiatry journal says that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. This new finding was found from research conducted on 35,000 U.S. adults who participated in the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. They examined the marijuana use among the participants in 2001 and 2002, then checked on their mental health rates three years later.
This inaccurate linkage between marijuana use and depression is very important because the federal government’s literature about marijuana use includes these claims, which now are inaccurate. Since this literature is used to inform policies regarding marijuana use for the federal level and below, this new finding could mean marijuana is closer to being legalized.