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THE CONSEQUENCES OF LATE AND EARLY ONSET REGULAR CANNABIS USE: FINDINGS FROM A 20-YEAR AUSTRALIAN PROSPECTIVE STUDY

Gary CK Chan, Denise Becker, Peter Butterworth, Carolyn Coffey, Wayne D Hall, George Patton

Drug and Alcohol Review | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Introduction and Aims: The onset of regular cannabis use in the teens is associated with adverse long‐term psychosocial outcomes. Recent legalisation of adult use in some jurisdictions will increase access to cannabis for young adults and may shift patterns of initiation to young adulthood. This paper assesses the psychosocial consequences of early and late onset regular cannabis use in an Australian cohort. Design and Methods: We quantified longitudinal patterns of cannabis use between age 15 (Wave 1) and 35 (Wave 10) based on 10 waves of data (N=1792) from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study. We examined psychosocial sequelae of early and late onset of regular cannabis use. Resu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

GCKC was funded by Department of Health, Australian Government.