Quarantine Ups Cannabis Use

A study by Dalhousie University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience researchers Sara Bartel, Dr. Simon Sherry and Dr. Sherry Stewart shows people who more strictly engaged in self-isolation during the COVID-19 outbreak ended up using more cannabis. They studied seventy young adults both before and after self-isolation orders were imposed on Nova Scotians to contain viral spread. They also found people who used cannabis to cope with feelings of depression used more cannabis.


“An increase in cannabis use among Nova Scotians is concerning, as research suggests cannabis use is linked to psychosis, depression, suicide, anxiety, addiction, and cognitive problems,” says Dr. Sherry, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.”


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