Traumatic Events Increase Risk for Marijuana Abuse by Teens

Young people who experience post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) after a catastrophic event are more likely to abuse marijuana, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Researchers tracked 693 children and teenagers for ten years. Within the group, 31 went through a catastrophic event followed by PTSS, and they were more likely to among those who abuse marijuana. A previous study had found that adults with PTSS have three times the risk for marijuana abuse.

This study appears in the journal Addictive Behaviors.