Fox News admits that a study by the American Psychological Association has concluded that teenagers who consistently used cannabis during those developmental years does not carry a connection to health problems such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma. While the research was focused on men, the results should still give a sigh of relief to those who aren’t sure whether they should regret sneaking around in high school.
The study tracked 408 males from youth until their mid-30s. They were placed into groups: low or non-users, early chronic users, those who only smoked during their teens and those who began in their late teens and continued until adulthood. Early regular users increased use during their teens and peaked at around age 22, using cannabis more than 200 days out of the year during that time.
Researchers from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University teamed up to observe the participants over the last 20 years. They were followed closely for a short period in the late 1980s, and then were surveyed in 2009 and 2010 at age 36.
Those involved in the study were expecting to find a significant link between a host of medical problems and cannabis. The results were surprising.
“There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount of frequency of marijuana used during adolescence,” said psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburg Jordan Bechtold in a press release.
High blood pressure, anxiety, depression, allegories, headaches and other ailments did not appear to be linked with the level of teenage marijuana use. Other factors were controlled for, such as health insurance access and use of other drugs.
One study is not enough to draw a conclusion, but it’s an upset victory for those who have closely followed teenage marijuana use and the fears surrounding it. It’s not an endorsement by any means – but it suggests psychiatrists can start looking elsewhere for the root of some of the common ailments previously considered linked to teenage marijuana use.