MMJ Research Suggests Marijuana Works as an Anti-Depressant


A new study shows a decline in suicide rates in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

 
Published last week in the American Journal of Public Health, a group of economics researchers found that medical marijuana laws led to a sharp drop in suicide rates among young men. 

The results seem to support the belief that marijuana can be used to cope with stressful life events, says study co-author Daniel Rees, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver. 

Rees notes that some research suggests marijuana works as an anti-depressant, but the evidence isn’t conclusive. On the other hand, medical marijuana laws have also been linked to less alcohol consumption – particularly among young men. 

Less alcohol consumption following medical marijuana legalization could also explain the drop in suicide rates, he says. 

But the study was the first time researchers have looked at medical marijuana laws and suicide rates. Rees believes more research needs to be done to be sure.

Read More: Leaf Science



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