Impact of Marijuana on Adolescent Suicide


Association of Cannabis Use With Self-harm and Mortality Risk Among Youths With Mood Disorders – Jan. 2021


Applying the Bradford Hill Criteria for Causation to the Relationship Between Marijuana Use and Suicidal Behavior – Christine L. Miller, Ph.D. Sept. 2020

Cannabis use during adolescence and the occurrence of depression, suicidality and anxiety disorder across adulthood: Findings from a longitudinal cohort study over 30 years – Jul. 2020

COVID-19 Is Likely to Lead to an Increase in Suicides – Apr. 2020

High-Potency Marijuana, Psychosis, and Suicide: Johnny Stack’s Story – October 2020 Epoch Times story

Highlands Ranch couple puts spotlight on marijuana after son’s suicide – Mar. 2020

How Do You Cope When Your Child Commits Suicide? Our Story – Mar. 2020

How to talk to your teen about suicide – Feb. 2020

Increase Your Awareness of Understanding Suicide and Reduce Fear of Suicidal People – Apr. 2020

Marijuana Use Is Associated With Suicidal Ideation and Behavior Among US Adolescents at Rates Similar to Tobacco and Alcohol – August 2020

Risk and protective factors for childhood suicidality: a US population-based study – Apr. 2020

7 Common Myths About Teen Suicide – Feb. 2020

Schizophrenia and Suicide – Wed MD Jan. 2020

Teen Suicide Warning Signs and Prevention – Jun. 2020

Their son ended his life, their research has led them to questions about marijuana – Mar. 2020

The Reality of COVID-19 Is Hitting Teens Especially Hard – Apr. 2020

Video: Taylor’s story of addiction and suicide – Feb. 2020

Why suicide risk may increase as we cope with COVID-19 – Apr. 2020


Alcohol and Marijuana Use as Daily Predictors of Suicide Ideation and Attempts Among Adolescents Prior to Psychiatric Hospitalization – March 2019 (there is also evidence that marijuana’s effect can be more immediate from a recent study illustrating the likelihood of suicidal thoughts increased on the days when an adolescent uses marijuana)

Association of Cannabis Use in Adolescence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Young Adulthood – Feb. 2019

Marijuana use may increase teens’ risk of depression and suicide, research review suggests – Feb. 2019

SUICIDE AMONG YOUTH IN COLORADO, 2013-2017 AGES 10-18 – CO Dept. of Public Health and Environment 2019

The Rate Of Teen Suicide In Colorado Increased By 58% In 3 Years, Making It The Cause Of 1 In 5 Adolescent Deaths – Sept. 2019

Youth Suicide Rate Increased 56% in Decade, CDC Says -Oct. 2019

Youth Suicide Rates Reach Highest Level Since 2000—Why? Jul. 2019


CDC Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet – 2018

Suicide rising across the US: More than a mental health concern – Jun. 2018

2017 and later

A literature review and meta-analyses of cannabis use and suicidality – May 2016

Acute Risk of Suicide and Suicide Attempts Associated With Recent Diagnosis of Mental Disorders: A Population-Based, Propensity Score–Matched Analysis – Oct. 2014 (Part of the risk for suicide may be exerted through the mental disorders marijuana triggers, particularly psychotic disorders and depression.)

Cannabis Use Disorder and Suicide Attempts in Iraq/Afghanistan-Era Veterans – Jun. 2017

Marijuana and Suicide: a Growing Risk for Our Youth – Mar. 2017

Marijuana Use Is Linked to Increased Suicide Risk – Mar. 2017

Mortality Following Treatments for Cannabis Use Disorders – Predictors and Causes – May 2012 (Even a meta-analysis of studies conducted when the strength of marijuana was low, came down on the side of an increased risk of suicide from marijuana use)

National Institute of Mental Health answers questions about suicide

The Impact of Adolescent Cannabis Use, Mood Disorder, and Lack of Education on Attempted Suicide in Young Adulthood – Oct. 2014. (among other factors, corrected for a prior history of mood disorders, including depression, risk of suicide attempt elevated 7.5-fold)

U.S. Cannabis Legalization and Use of Vaping and Edible Products
Among Youth
– Aug. 2017 (Although the rate of teen use has not increased that much in CO, the POTENCY of what is used by youth in states with legalized marijuana has increased markedly, and because of the dose-response expected from pharmacologic principles, the risk is greater for negative outcomes.)

Young Adult Sequelae of Adolescent Cannabis Use: an Integrative Analysis – Lancet Sept. 2014 (a prospective study, over a thousand subjects, numerous demographic factors corrected for risk of suicide attempt elevated nearly 7-fold)