Statistics show that over 700,000 people commit suicide every year throughout the world, meaning one person every 40 seconds. Life is the most precious thing that we have, but still, so many people choose to deliberately end it or have plans for such an awful action.
People have reasons like depression, loss of a loved one, or even stress as causes of taking their own life. But according to CNN, we might consider enlarging that list with another cause: the consumption of cannabis.
Smoking marijuana could lead to suicidal tendencies
Although many people tend to consider the consumption of cannabis as something inoffensive and even relaxing, the truth may be in the complete opposite direction. A new study from the National Institutes of Health from the US brings the shocking claim that cannabis use can lead to higher chances of suicidal thoughts among young adults.
Over 281,000 adults were surveyed for the study from 2008 to 2019, and they have ages between 18 and 34 years old. They were asked questions about cannabis use, disorder, suicidality, and major depressive periods for the past year.
Dr. Nora Volkow, who is the study’s senior author and the director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, declared as cited by CNN:
While we cannot establish that cannabis use caused the increased suicidality we observed in this study, these associations warrant further research, especially given the great burden of suicide on young adults.
Another important statement from the study wrote:
Using nationally representative data, we found that trends in suicidal ideation, plan, and attempt varied by the pattern of cannabis use … among adults aged 18 to 34 years from 2008 to 2019, a time of marked increases in both cannabis use and suicidality.
About 158.8 million people throughout the world smoke marijuana, meaning over 3.8 percent of the entire planet’s population.