The Effects of Cannabis Use on Physical and Mental Health
CentER Working Paper Series No. 2011-079
34 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011 Last revised: 2 Aug 2011
Date Written: July 30, 2011
This paper investigates whether cannabis use affects 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 well-being of men and women and the physical well-being of men. Although statistically significant, the magnitude of the effect of using cannabis on mental and physical health is found to be small.
Keywords: cannabis use, physical health, mental health, duration models
JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19
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