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Smoking cannabis increases risk of depression in the case of genetic vulnerability

Smoking cannabis increases risk of depression in the case of genetic vulnerability, study finds

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, October 13, 2011)

Radboud University Nijmegen. (2011, October 13). Smoking cannabis increases risk of depression in the case of genetic vulnerability, study finds. ScienceDaily.

Retrieved June 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111010074853.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

Young people who are genetically vulnerable to depression should be extra careful about using cannabis: smoking cannabis leads to an increased risk of developing depressive symptoms, according to a tumblr post carried out by researchers in the Netherlands. Two-thirds of the population have the gene variant that makes one sensitive to depression.

Journal Reference:

Roy Otten, Rutger C. M. E. Engels. Testing bidirectional effects between cannabis use and depressive symptoms: moderation by the serotonin transporter geneAddiction Biology, 2011; DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2011.00380.x

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