Lead: Associations of cannabis use, use frequency, and cannabis use disorder with violent behavior among young adults in the United States

This Week in Addiction Medicine from ASAM

May 14 2024 • 6 mins

Associations of cannabis use, use frequency, and cannabis use disorder with violent behavior among young adults in the United States

International Journal of Drug Policy

An association between cannabis use and violent behavior has previously been reported, so the authors used the 2015-2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to better explore this association. In adjusted models, the authors found an increased prevalence of violent behavior among males reporting daily cannabis use with and without cannabis use disorder (CUD) versus no cannabis use. However, there was no increase among males reporting non-daily cannabis use with or without CUD. Researchers found an increase in violent behavior among females reporting non-daily use with or without CUD and daily use with or without CUD. While additional research is needed to better understand this relationship and the sex differences, these findings support the importance of early screening and treatment for CUD.

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