Cannabis may be regarded worldwide as one of the least harmful of all illicit drugs, but a new study claims it actually has fatal consequences, particularly among teenagers, says a report by Sophie Scott for ABC.
Higher likelihood of suicide attempt
According to the study conducted by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales, teenagers under the influence of cannabis use before the age of 17 are much more likely to drop out of school, or worse, make a suicide attempt than those who never used the drug.
The researchers conducted the study by combining data taken from three huge, long-running studies on 3,765 cannabis-using participants. They were aiming to look at the link between the frequency of cannabis use before age of 17. They have found out that, compared to non-cannabis users, teenagers who use cannabis daily before they turned 17 are 60 per cent less likely to finish high school or university. More disturbing is the finding that teenagers who smoke cannabis on a daily basis were seven times more likely to attempt suicide.
The study is being hailed as the best evidence of the adverse consequences of cannabis use, and the fact that the harm it causes is worse when the users are teenagers should make parents even more vigilant about the drug, especially when many countries, the United States included, are now legalising the drug.
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