Cannabis Is Getting More Popular, Especially Among People With Depression

By: Ed Cara

Cannabis has become more popular across the U.S. in recent years, but new research this month shows that one group has especially gravitated to it: people living with depression. And it’s not clear whether that’s a good thing.

The study, published in the journal Addiction, looked at over 10 years of data from a nationally representative, government-run annual survey of Americans’ drug and lifestyle habits, collectively involving more than 700,000 volunteers.

Between 2005 to 2017, the overall percentage of people who admitted to recent cannabis use (meaning in the past 30 days) rose steadily, they found. But the climb was far more pronounced among people who reported having clinical depression. While about 9 percent of people without depression reported any amount of weed use in the past 30 days, for instance, the same was true for 19 percent of people with depression. Seven percent of those depressed also said they used cannabis daily, compared to 3 percent without depression.

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