Teen Marijuana Use Fosters Depression

Impact on Mental Health




tomertu/Shutterstock.com

Research from the University of Pittsburgh followed 158 boys and young men until the age of 22. Brain scans revealed that the teenagers using marijuana between the ages of 14 and 19 had a higher risk of depression as young adults. Marijuana users also had the lowest educational achievements. They suffered impaired connectivity in the nucleus accumbens part of the brain, which plays a central role in the reward circuit tied to two essential neurotransmitters: dopamine, which promotes desire; and serotonin, which affects satiety and inhibition.

Another recent study of 521 Washington State University students noted that depressed 12-to-15-year-olds were more likely to be using marijuana by age 18.


This article appears in the March 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

GLUTATHIONE – What’s the Hype?

Considered by many to be the most important antioxidant of the body due to some amazing qualities, glutathione, or γ-L-glutamyl-L-cisteinilglicin (it’s chemical name) is now offered as main entrée, side dish, or dessert anywhere IV vitamin and micronutrient therapies are given.

Eat Right to Sleep Well

Rather than popping a pill, eating certain foods can kick-start hormones that help us get a long, deep night’s sleep.

We Need Clean Waters

Efforts are underway around the country to make polluted waterways clean again and to instill local appreciation for their many helpful roles.

Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature

The wildlife expert explains why we should appreciate wolves, snakes and bats and what he finds encouraging about an enlightened focus on wildlife protection.

Running with the Kids

Families with children as young as 5 easily bond when they mindfully run together at a fun pace.

Add your comment: