Cannabis Use Up In Communities With Higher Mental Health Risks At Start Of COVID-19

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open more share options Breadcrumb Trail Links World News Wellness News Life Legalization Coronavirus Weed use up in communities with higher mental health risks at start of COVID-19 U.S. researcher reviewed location data of visitors to 3,335 legal cannabis retail dispensaries. Author of the article:Angela Stelmakowich Those most likely to have reported higher odds of increased use included being 18 to 29 years old and being somewhat worried about the pandemic’s impact on person finances. / PHOTO BY IGHTFIELDSTUDIOS / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS The negative influence of the ongoing pandemic could lead individuals at increased risk for mental health issues “to use substances to cope with stressors.” / PHOTO BY KIEFERPIX / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

The COVID-19 pandemic may have led to increased legal cannabis use in communities at risk for mental health issues, suggests a review of anonymized location data in the U.S.

Nathaniel Ashby, Ph.D., a researcher at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, considered location data from the devices of visitors to 3,335 cannabis retail locations — both medical and recreational — for each day running from Dec. 1, 2019 through Apr. 30, 2020.

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