Ten-year study at StFX on cannabis use by youth reveals distressing results

St. Francis Xavier University psychology professor Dr. Kara Thompson has revealed troubling results from cannabis use by Canadian youth.

According to two new studies that followed patterns of marijuana use across a decade in Canadian youth, those who start using cannabis early and continue to use it often are more likely than their peers to have co-occurring problems, poor health outcomes, and less occupational and educational success in young adulthood.

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Kara Thompson, StFX, and Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater, University of Victoria, looked at data from the Victoria Healthy Youth Survey, which followed a cohort of 662 young people over 10 years. The youth, between the ages of 12 and 18 when the study began in 2003, were interviewed every two years about their substance use, mental health, accomplishments, and general well-being. The researchers observed how substance use patterns unfolded over time, and how these patterns were

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