A study out of Canada has found that marijuana is not significantly linked to psychiatric patients committing suicide.
The study, which was published in the journal Biology of Sex Differences, was conducted by researchers from McMaster University.
According to the researchers, there is no association between the drug and suicidal behavior.
The study said, “Our findings indicate that there is no association between cannabis use and suicidal behavior in men or women with psychiatric disorders unlike what was reported for the general population, though the heaviness of cannabis use may have an effect in men.”
According to previous data, there was a suggestive link between the drug and suicide in the general population.
One of the lead authors of the study, Zainab Samaan, an associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, remarked, “In what we believe to be a first, this study seeks to understand how cannabis use impacts suicide attempts in men and women with psychiatric disorders who are already at a heightened risk of attempting suicide.”