“These findings should be considered as states contemplate legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, both of which are associated with increased cannabis use disorder,” she adds.
According to senior study author Mary Fristad, “individual and family-based therapy models … have been shown to decrease cannabis use in youth.”
Fristad is an emerita professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at Ohio State.
A national study examining the death risk among youth and young adults with mood disorders and marijuana addiction could also help guide policy and treatment trials, Fontanella adds.
The study was published online Jan. 19 in JAMA Pediatrics.
The Canadian Mental Health Association has more on mood disorders.