Study: Medical Cannabis Legalization Reduces Suicides

The legalization of medical cannabis significantly reduces suicide rates, especiallycannatube among young adults, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

For the study, researchers obtained 17 years worth of state-level suicide data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Mortality Detail Files, and used regression analysis – studying economic conditions, state policies, and state-specific linear time trends – to examine the association “between medical marijuana legalization and suicides per 100 000 population”.

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New Study: Medical Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Suicides

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health – which is an update of a 2011 study – has found that states which have legalized medical cannabis have seen a significantmedmedmed reduction in suicides, especially among young adults aged 20 to 29.

For the study, researchers “obtained state-level suicide data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Mortality Detail Files for 1990–2007. We used regression analysis [studying economic conditions, state policies, and state-specific linear time trends] to examine the association between medical marijuana legalization and suicides per 100 000 population.”

In doing so, researchers found that; “Legalization was associated with a 10.8% and 9.4% reduction in the suicide rate of men aged 20 through 29 years and 30 through 39 years, respectively.”

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Studies Find Legalizing Medical Cannabis Reduces Suicides and Traffic Fatalities

There have been a plethora of studies released in recent years which have shown the benefits of legalizing cannabis, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. Two of the most substantial, eye-opening benefits of lesaved1galization that recent research has indicated, is a drastic decrease in both suicides, and traffic fatalities. Who would have known?

A study conducted in 2011 by the Institute for the Study of Labor, with help from researchers such as Daniel I. Rees of the University of Colorado’s Department of Economics, used a comprehensive statistical analysis to discover that states in the U.S. which have legalized medical marijuana saw a significant decrease in overall suicides – 5% in total.

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