Teen pot smokers develop anxiety

first_imgThe Age (Aust) 7 Aug 2012Teenagers who smoke cannabis weekly are more than twice as likely as non-users to develop an anxiety disorder in their late 20s, even if they stop using the drug, new research has shown.The research, published in the journal Addiction, drew on the results of a landmark 15-year study of nearly 2000 Victorian secondary students. An analysis of data collected between 1992 and 2008 found teenagers who smoked cannabis once a week or more for a period of at least six months doubled their risk of having an anxiety disorder for up to a decade afterwards. About 12 per cent of teenagers in the study – or one in eight – smoked cannabis at that level.The association between cannabis use and anxiety disorders persisted even when researchers took into account other possible explanations, including pre-existing mental health problems or other drug use.Lead author Professor Louisa Degenhardt, from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW, said the study showed cannabis use during adolescence had ”a persistent association with anxiety disorders” that continued into adulthood.”Given that anxiety is the most prevalent mental health disorder in the Australian population … we need to investigate the findings further because it is highly possible that early cannabis use causes enduring mental health risks,” she said.http://www.theage.com.au/national/teen-pot-smokers-develop-anxiety-20120806-23qal.htmllast_img read more

Mesud Pezer to fight for a Medal at the European Championship in Berlin

first_imgThe finals in shot pot at the European Championship in Athletics is scheduled for tonight, and Mesud Pezer will represent BiH.Pezer threw the ball for 20.16 meters during yesterday’s qualifiers, and thus he was ranked as fifth in the finals.This qualifying result gives a hope to Pezer that he can win a medal tonight.The finals will start at 8:33 p.m. and the favourite is David Storl.Besides Storl, Michal Haratyuk from Poland, Stipe Zunic from Croatia and Makim Afonin from Russia are also hoping for medal.Besides them and Pezer, in the finals will also perform Aleksej Nihjapar from Belarus, Nikolas Skarvelis from Greece, Konrad Bukowiecki from Poland, Tomas Stanek from the Czech Republic, Bob Bertems from Luxembourg, Jakub Szyszkowski from Poland and Francisco Belo from Portugal.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)last_img read more