Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Researchers from Brock University and the University of Waterloo in Ontario have published insight into whether or not the benefits provided by physical activity could reduce cannabis-associated mental health changes.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology,the research suggests that exercising may reduce depressive symptoms among youth who are frequent cannabis consumers.
“Physical activity adherence may be one approach to minimizing potential changes in mental health associated with increasing cannabis use,” reads the study abstract.
Researchers used regression models to assess associations between mental health scores, cannabis use change and adherence to physical activity, based on two years of longitudinal health data from secondary school students across Canada.
They found that weekly cannabis consumption was associated with increases in depressive and anxious symptoms and that exercising improved “psychosocial well-being” regardless of how often students were consuming cannabis. Researchers found that physical activity also “offset increases in depressive symptoms” among frequent users.