Cannabis Use and Risks Research Update


The following are four recent research studies examining cannabis use and risks for various populations.  These studies examined marijuana use among college students, teens, tobacco using adults, and pregnant women.


  1. College as a Risk for Marijuana Initiation

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health examined a potential increase in marijuana initiation among US college students, compared to non-college attending peers.

The conclusion was that college attendance has increased as a risk factor for marijuana initiation in the US since 2013.

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Read the research abstract: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.303745


  1. Marijuana Use and Tobacco Cessation


A study published in Addictive Behaviors examined tobacco cessation and marijuana use status among adults.


The main conclusion was that current marijuana users who ever used tobacco had double the prevalence (vs. never-marijuana users) of current tobacco use, and significantly lower sustained abstinence.


This study highlights the need to link tobacco and marijuana use and cessation in prevention and treatment programs.


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  1. Marijuana Use in Pregnancy

A study published in OvidInsights examined the association between marijuana use and pregnancy outcomes.

The main conclusion was that marijuana use was correlated with lower birthweight and length at birth, suggesting the need for marijuana awareness education among women of child-bearing age.

Read the research abstract:



  1. Medical Marijuana Legalization and Youth Use


A study published in the Journal of Primary Prevention examined the association between medical marijuana and youth use in Oregon.


The primary conclusion was that a greater number of marijuana patients and growers was associated with higher prevalence of use among teens, and that this relationship was due in part to more favorable marijuana norms.


Perceived norms, harmfulness, myths and misconceptions among youth, parents and community members can be easily addressed with the ready-to-use Marijuana Awareness School & Community Media Campaign: http://preventionpluswellness.com/marijuana-awareness-media-campaign/


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