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Persistency of cannabis Use Predicts Violence following acute Psychiatric Discharge

posted 21/09/2017

publication Frontiers in Psychiatry

Background: Violence is a major concern and is prevalent across several mental disorders. The use of substances has been associated with an exacerbation of psychiatric
symptoms as well as with violence. Compared to other substances such as alcohol and cocaine, existing literature on the cannabis–violence relationship has been
more limited, with most studies being conducted in the general population, and has shown controversial results. Evidence has suggested a stronger relationship when
examining the effects of the persistency of cannabis use on future violent behaviors. Though, while cannabis use is highly prevalent amid psychiatric patients, far less
literature on the subject has been conducted in this population. Hence, the present prospective study aims to investigate the persistency of cannabis use in psychiatric
patients

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