Study Finds No Increase In Commonness of Cannabis Use Disorders

Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry dismissed a report published last fall stating that 3 out of 10 consumers of cannabis experience a use-disorder. The report had also stated that marijuana use had doubled from the years 2002-2013, which was proven to be extremely wrong.

Trends in cannabis use and the commonness of cannabis use disorders were assessed at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis from the years 2002-2013. The researchers found that there was a 19 percent increase of self-reported adult users, however the cannabis related problems reported actually decreased or stayed steady. These were the accurate statistics.

The lead researcher noted “Certainly, some people are having problems so we should remain vigilant, but the sky isn’t falling.”

Separate assessments of cannabis use by younger populations have shown rates of use by high-school students is notably lower today as compared to 15 years ago.

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