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The approval of marijuana for medical use has had little effect on the mental health of the general population in the US. But legalization for therapeutic purposes does benefit those for whom it is intended. This is the conclusion of a study by researchers at the University of Basel.

In the US, access to marijuana has been facilitated in most states since the mid-1990s – whether through medical clearance or through decriminalization of recreational use. However, liberalization is still controversial, and the effects on the well-being of specific groups and the therapeutic value of marijuana remain debated.

While some fear negative consequences from addiction, others highlight the potential medical benefits for people suffering from chronic pain, nausea or convulsions.

In a new study, researchers from Basel have now investigated whether medical cannabis legislation in the USA is improving the situation for sick people and whether it has a negative impact on the mental health of the overall population.

The article discusses a study examining the effects of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on mental health outcomes. Researchers analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to investigate the association between MMLs and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.

The study found that states with MMLs had lower rates of depression and suicidal ideation compared to states without such laws. Additionally, the presence of MMLs was associated with reduced rates of anxiety among adults aged 21 and older.

These findings suggest a potential positive impact of medical marijuana laws on mental health outcomes. However, the study does not establish causation, and further research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms driving these associations.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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