Are Young Adults Misusing Sedatives? Does the use of cannabinoids potentially increase your risk of using medications like Valium or Ativan?

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[0:15] Researchers wondered if young adults who were using cannabinoids were also using and potentially misusing benzodiazepines…

[1:20] The only factor that differentiated young adults who were also using drugs like Ativan, Valium and/or Xanax was a high level of anxiety…

[2:10] Besides seeking a higher level of euphoria as a motive, other studies suggested that young adults who are using cannabinoids tend to have a higher level of self-reported anxiety and a higher level of sort of self-treatment with cannabinoids…

 

THE FULL TRANSCRIPTION

In a Norwegian study, 2,606 young adults who use cannabinoids were reviewed for potential misuse of benzodiazepines like Valium or Ativan or Xanax. These medications have significant sedative side effects, but when combined with other drugs like marijuana or cannabis, they can probably produce a higher level of euphoria in combination.

 

Researchers wondered if young adults who were using cannabinoids were also using and potentially misusing benzodiazepines. The researchers looked at this 2,606 group of young adults, all of whom were using cannabinoids and tried to stratify them based on age and gender, urban versus rural, and the presence or absence of anxiety.

Are Young Adults Misusing Sedatives?

Young Adults misusing Sedatives

They found that only about 2% of the young adults were also using benzodiazepines (in addition to using cannabinoids). The only factor that differentiated young adults who were also using drugs like Ativan, Valium and/or Xanax was a high level of anxiety.

 

The researchers still suggested that it’s possible that these young adults were choosing to use Ativan or Valium to enhance the euphoric feelings of cannabinoids, but it’s really unclear that there’s a significant correlation between young adults, using cannabinoids, and also seeking out treatment with benzodiazepines from their doctors.

 

Besides seeking a higher level of euphoria as a motive, other studies suggested that young adults who are using cannabinoids tend to have a higher level of self-reported anxiety and a higher level of sort of self-treatment with cannabinoids.

 

Stay tuned. There will be more videos I’ll release that would dive deeper on the relationship between anxiety and cannabinoids.

DR. MARY CLIFTON

Dr. Mary Clifton is an Internal Medicine doctor in New York City, with 20 years of experience in both the hospital and private practice and is also a licensed by the New York State Department of Health to provide medical marijuana and is a recognized expert in CBD, Cannabis, and Medical Marijuana.

She is a published researcher, national speaker on women’s health and osteoporosis, and author of four books, and two new soon-to-be-released books on CBD and Cannabis – what you need to know, how to use them and a COOKBOOK to support ease of use.

 

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