Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2012-063
44 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 21, 2012
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.
Keywords: cannabis use, suicidal ideation, mental health
JEL Classification: C31, I10, I18
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