Cannabis use and suicidal ideation

J.C. van Ours, J. Williams, D. Fergusson, L.J. Horwood

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Globally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10–24 years old. In order to better understand the causes of this phenomenon, we investigate the relationship between suicidal ideation and cannabis use. Our empirical analysis is based on a 30-year longitudinal study of a birth cohort. We find that intensive cannabis use – at least several times per week – leads to a higher transition rate into suicidal ideation for males. We find no evidence that suicidal ideation leads to cannabis use for either males or females.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-537
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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