Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, November 18, 2005

New Study: Marijuana Users Less Depressed

New Study: Marijuana Users Less Depressed: "Marijuana Users Less Depressed
Largest-Ever Study of Marijuana, Depression Finds Fewer Depressive Symptoms, Better Mood

ALBANY, NEW YORK�In the largest-ever study of marijuana and depression, to be published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, daily or weekly marijuana users had fewer symptoms of depression than non-users. Marijuana users were also more likely to report positive moods and fewer somatic complaints such as sleeplessness. Noteworthy differences were also found between those using marijuana for medical purposes and non-medical or 'recreational' users.

The new research appears to contradict statements by some government officials suggesting that marijuana is a cause of depression. For example, in a May 3, 2005, press release from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, ONDCP Director John Walters said, 'Marijuana use, particularly during the teen years, can lead to depression, thoughts of suicide and schizophrenia.'

'Not only does marijuana not cause depression, it looks like it may actually alleviate it,' said Mitch Earleywine, co-author of the new study and associate professor of psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York."
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