Does teen cannabis use lead to behavior problems -- or vice versa?

Does teen cannabis use lead to behavior problems – or vice versa?

-New research finds that cannabis use among teens doesn’t appear to lead to greater conduct problems or greater affiliation with other teens who smoke cannabis.

-Instead, it’s adolescents with conduct problems or whose friends use cannabis who are more likely to gravitate toward cannabis use.


Ivy N. Defoe, Atika Khurana, Laura M. Betancourt, Hallam Hurt, Daniel Romer. Disentangling longitudinal relations between youth cannabis use, peer cannabis use, and conduct problems: developmental cascading links to cannabis use disorder. Addiction, 2018; DOI: 10.1111/add.14456