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An Evaluation of the Nature of Marijuana Use and Its Motives among Young Adult Active Users

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  • Marcel O. Bonn-Miller PhD,

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    1. Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California
    2. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California
      The Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division (152), 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025. E-mail: mbonnmil@stanford.edu
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  • Michael J. Zvolensky PhD

    1. Department of Psychology, The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
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  • The views expressed here are the authors' and do not necessarily represent those of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division (152), 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025. E-mail: mbonnmil@stanford.edu

Abstract

The present investigation examined marijuana use, abuse, and dependence in relation to self-reported marijuana use behaviors and motives, as well as concurrent cigarette and problematic alcohol use among a sample of young adult current marijuana users (n = 200; 44.5% women; Mage = 21.48, SD = 6.54). Preliminary results broadly indicated that more severe forms of marijuana use (eg, dependence) were associated with a more problematic pattern of marijuana use behavior, polysubstance use, and greater motivation to use marijuana for multiple reasons. Results are discussed in relation to better understanding the underlying nature of marijuana use and its disorders among young adults.

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