Teens turn to marijuana to self-medicate for stress, anxiety: report

[Originally posted by Tania Kohut at Global News]

The teen years are a high-stress, often anxiety riddled time, and research shows that young Canadians admit to turning to marijuana to cope.

Nicole* was 13 when she began using marijuana. She said at first she smoked pot due to peer pressure, but then she realized it offered her an “escape.”

“Since I was young I’ve suffered severe social anxiety which has only gotten worse,” said Nicole said in a message to Global News.

Nicole’s story is not unusual. A new studybased on cross-country focus groups found that teens are turning to marijuana to self-medicate. But experts worry they don’t always know all the risks. Read the entire article at Global News.


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