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People With Depression Turning to Pot for Relief

By Dennis Thompson
HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Dec. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People suffering from depression are often desperate for anything to break them out of their debilitating mood disorder.But in their misery, many might be turning to a risky solution that’s likely to make their condition even worse — marijuana.People with depression are twice as likely to be using pot as those who aren’t depressed, researchers reported in the current issue of the journal Addiction.”Cannabis use has increased rapidly among persons with depression, and this increase has been more rapid than among those without depression,” said senior researcher Renee Goodwin. She’s an adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, in New York City.In 2017, about 19% of people with depression said they had used pot in the last month, compared with about 9% of others, according to an annual government survey on drug use among Americans.

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