Vaping and cannabis use in teens – New Research
August 12, 2019
MONTREAL — Teens and young adults who use vaping (electronic cigarettes) are significantly more likely to use cannabis as well, according to a new study co-authored by a Canadian researcher.
Pediatrician Nicholas Chadi’s analysis
Chadi’s analysis of previous research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the likelihood of marijuana use was three to four times higher among youth who vaped.
One of the key findings showed the risk for younger adolescents aged 12 to 17 was higher than for young adults aged 18 to 24 years.
“It’s an important discovery for us,” said Chadi, who is now based at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital but conducted the research during a previous posting in Boston.
“The risk is higher for both sub-groups, but it’s almost twice as high for the younger ones.”
Vaping and Marijuana Use
The study, titled “Association between electronic cigarette use and marijuana use among adolescents and young adults,” analyzed 21 previous academic papers encompassing some 130,000 participants. Chadi worked on the project while he was a pediatric addiction fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
The results of the study are in line with current medical knowledge that shows young brains are less developed and more susceptible to substance use and addiction, Chadi said in an interview.
Vaping and Cannabis effect on nervous system