HealthDay News — Daily cannabis use is more common among individuals with serious psychological distress (SPD) but is increasing in both those with and without SPD, according to a study published in the April issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Andrea H. Weinberger, Ph.D., from Yeshiva University in Bronx, New York, and colleagues used data from the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2008 to 2016) to estimate the prevalence of daily cannabis use among adults with and without SPD in the previous month.
The researchers found that in 2016, past-month daily cannabis use was significantly more common among those with past-month SPD versus those without past-month SPD (8.07 percent versus 2.66 percent). From 2008 to 2016, daily cannabis use increased significantly among both those with and without SPD. Use was consistently higher among those with SPD than those without SPD during the time period studied.
“Given this increase and the high prevalence of cannabis use among those with SPD, it may be important to consider potential consequences of this increased use for those with mental health vulnerabilities,” the authors write.