Smoking Cannabis and Tobacco Together Doubles Anxiety And Depression Risk
- Newsweek Sep 13, 2023
A new study has found that people who use tobacco and cannabis together are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression compared to non-users and those who use tobacco alone.
The study analyzed data from over 53,000 adults participating in online surveys.
Over a quarter of participants who reported using both tobacco and cannabis experienced depression and anxiety, compared to just over 10% of non-users.
The study suggests that the combined use of tobacco and cannabis may have additive effects on mental health.
Many smokers use tobacco and cannabis to relieve their stress and anxiety. But, far from improving the mood of its users, a new study has shown that people who use these two substances together are more likely to suffer anxiety and depression than non-users and those who use tobacco by itself.
As cannabis legalization expands across the U.S., the use of both tobacco and cannabis together is beginning to rise. However, as well as the physical impacts smoking can have on our lungs and cardiovascular system, researchers have found that the combination can also be linked to poorer mental health outcomes.
"Use of either tobacco or cannabis are related to poor mental health," Nhung Nguyen, an assistant professor at the University of California in San Francisco who led the study, told Newsweek. "Thus, co-use, or using both substances, might potentially…