Journal article

A prospective study of the substance use and mental health outcomes of young adult former and current cannabis users

Edmund Silins, Wendy Swift, Tim Slade, Barbara Toson, Bryan Rodgers, Delyse M Hutchinson

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: The extent to which young adult former cannabis users fare better than infrequent users is unclear. We investigated the association between cannabis use status at age 23 and substance use and mental health outcomes at age 27. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data were from the 20+ year cohort of the PATH Through Life Study. Lifetime cannabis users (n = 1410) at age 23 were classified as former/occasional/regular users. Multivariable logistic regression was used to estimate the association between cannabis use status at age 23 and six outcomes assessed at age 27. RESULTS: Compared with occasional cannabis users: (i) former users had odds of subsequent tobacco use [odds ratio (OR) = ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Grants (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the study participants, PATH Interviewers, Patricia Jacomb, Karen Maxwell and Tony Jorm. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Kaaren Anstey. Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the PATH Through Life Study were funded by National Health and Medical Research Council Grants (NHMRC Program Grant No. 229936, 179839, 179805). This work was supported by a scholarship provided by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia. D. M. H. was supported by a vice-chancellor's postdoctoral fellowship from UNSW Australia. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government. We also wish to acknowledge the Cannabis Cohorts Research Consortium.