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Review: current evidence does not show a strong causal relation between the use of cannabis in young people and psychosocial harm

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Q Does the use of cannabis in young people have consequences for their psychological or social health?

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Systematic review.

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MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycLIT, Web of Science, Addiction Abstracts, plus specialist databases of the Lindesmith Center, DrugScope, US National Institute on Drug Abuse and Substance abuse, and Mental Health Services Administration, searched up to June 2003. Experts were contacted and authors of selected papers were asked for unpublished data. Non-English publications were translated.

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Prospective studies measuring psychological or social harms of illicit drug use in people aged 25 years or under in the general population were eligible. Studies were …

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