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Impact of Cannabis and Other Drugs on Age at Onset of Psychosis

Via Pushing Back I’ve come to this piece on Reuters which in turn led me to the abstract to a new piece of research on the links between use of cannabis and mental health problems.

Reuters report the findings this way:

Researchers from Spain have found a strong and independent link between cannabis use and the onset of psychosis at a younger age. The association, they say, cannot be explained by chance, and is not related to gender or the use of other drugs. It is, however, related to the amount of cannabis used.

The abstract in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry puts the findings this way:

Multivariate analysis showed a clear effect of cannabis use on age at onset, which was not explained by the use of other drugs or by gender. The finding was similar in the youngest patients, suggesting that this effect was not due to chance.

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