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Marijuana Use in Adolescents with IBD

J Pediatr; ePub 2018 Apr 16; Hoffenberg, et al

Marijuana use by adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is common and beneficial, a recent study found. The cross-sectional study included patients aged 13 to 23 years from the Children’s Hospital Colorado for IBD enrolled between December 2015 through June 2017. Researchers found:

  • Among 99 participants, marijuana ever-use was endorsed by 32% and daily or almost daily use by 9%.
  • Older age was the only characteristic associated with endorsing marijuana use.
  • Users were 10.7 times more likely to perceive low risk of harm with regular use.
  • At least 1 medical reason for use was endorsed by 57% of participants, most commonly for relief of physical pain.
  • The most common route of use was smoking, followed by edibles, dabbing, and vaping.

Citation:

Hoffenberg EJ, McWilliams SK, Mikulich-Gilbertson SK, et al. Marijuana use by adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease. [Published online ahead of print April 16, 2018]. J Pediatr. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.03.041.