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Teen Marijuana Use Worsens Depression: An Analysis of Recent Data Shows "Self-Medicating" Could Actually Make Things Worse

Office of National Drug Control Policy
Executive Office of the President
Date Published: 
May, 2008

This report looks at recent data on teen marijuana abuse as “self-medication.” It provides statistics on marijuana use and links to depression and other mental illnesses, and also compares marijuana use between males and females, depressed teens and depressed adults, and depressed and non-depressed teenagers. This brief includes data on the link between parental involvement and marijuana abuse.