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Cannabis use and suicidal ideation

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  • Fergusson, David
  • Horwood, John
  • van Ours, Jan C
  • Williams, Jenny
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    Globally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24 years old. In order to better understand the causes of this phenomenon, we investigate the relationship between suicidal ideation and cannabis use. Our empirical analysis is based on a 30 year longitudinal study of a birth cohort. We find that intensive cannabis use - at least several times per week - leads to a higher transition rate into suicidal ideation for males. We find no evidence that suicidal ideation leads to cannabis use for either males or females.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 9104.

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    Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9104

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    Keywords: Cannabis sue; Mental health; Suicidal ideation;

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