Cannabis and anxiety/ depression

Regarding the care of adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression, it is essential to explore the possibility of concurrent cannabis use, especially in those who do not respond to conventional treatment or experience frequent relapses.

If such use is confirmed, nursing professionals should promote health, prevent issues, and ensure therapeutic compliance, as well as guide harm reduction in cases where this approach might be beneficial.

During nursing consultations, if cases are identified, it is important to explore cannabis use habits and how they may be related to mental health symptoms. Additionally, it is crucial to emphasize health education, sharing evidence-based information about the associated risks of cannabis use with the individual in question.

Bibliography: Halladay JE, MacKillop J, Munn C, Jack SM, Georgiades K. Cannabis Use as a Risk Factor for Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality: Epidemiological Associations and Implications for Nurses. J Addict Nurs. abril de 2020;31(2):92-101.



Preventive intervention level



Primary Care, Hospital care, Hospital, Specialized care, Addiction treatment centers, Community settings



Age range



adolescents, anamnesis, anxiety, clinical interview, consumption, depression, education, risk factors, screening, teenagers, young people, youth

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