The Effects of Cannabis Use on Physical and Mental Health

J.C. van Ours, J. Williams

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether cannabis use aects physical and mental health. To do so, information on prime aged individuals living in Amsterdam in 1994 is used. Dutch data offer a clear advantage in estimating the health impacts of cannabis use because the legal status of cannabis in the Netherlands ensures that estimates are free from confounding with the physical and psychological effects of engaging in a criminal activity. Accounting for selection into cannabis use and shared frailties in mental and physical health, the results suggest that cannabis use reduces the mental wellbeing of men and women and the physical wellbeing of men. Although statistically significant, the magnitude of the effect of using cannabis on mental and physical health is found to be small.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconomics
Volume2011-079
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2011-079

Keywords

  • cannabis use
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • duration models

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