Marijuana use is on the rise in the United States, with 18-29-year-old people being the most likely age group to indulge in the illegal drug’s use (Hrynowski, 2019). Similarly, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has increased in recent decades for those aged 18 and older (Goodwin et al., 2020). Little research has been conducted to establish a link between these two trends of growth, although researchers have tested THC doses in animals, which proved to elicit anxiety-related responses (Sharpe et al., 2020). Research by de Dios et al. (2010) regarding the correlation indicates that there is a statistically significant relationship between increased marijuana use and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder in young adults, specifically when there is a third party mediator of tension reduction expectancies. Further systematic review and analysis on marijuana use in Seattle students implies that regular marijuana use throughout teenage years leads to cannabis use disorder by age 33 with stronger symptoms of anxiety than use of other recreational drugs (Guttmannova et al., 2017). The results of this research portray the growing necessity to educate young adults on the long term effects of regular marijuana use, as individuals may believe they are alleviating their GAD symptoms short term, but over time, they are likely facing dangers of worsening their anxiety by increasing dependency on the drug. The following research addresses the question, “What is the relationship between marijuana use and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) among young adults aged 18–29 in the United States?”
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