According to new research, those who use cannabis are more likely to experience feeling alienated from other people.

A new U.S. study has found that people who use the drug are significantly more likely to feel that other people want to harm to deceive them.

Researchers from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse in Bethesda, Maryland, analyzed 60 people, half of which were cannabis dependent to come to this conclusion.

The participants were asked to complete a questionnaire that asked about their feelings of stress, reactivity, aggression, and alienation.

According to Dr. Cameron Carter, the editor of the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, “These brain imaging data provide a link between changes in brain systems involved in reward and psychopathology and chronic cannabis abuse, suggesting a mechanism by which heavy use of this popular drug may lead to depression and other even more severe forms of mental illness.”

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