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Cannabis is one of the most widely used addictive substances globally. Its use increases the risk for various physical and psychological problems and some cannabis users may develop cannabis dependence. Researchers have explored risk factors for transition to cannabis dependence. Military veterans, and in particular, combat veterans, have an elevated risk for cannabis dependence and several emotional disorders. To date, the field lacks knowledge regarding possible risk factors for the development of cannabis dependence among combat military veterans. The current study examined sociodemographic and clinical variables associated with cannabis dependence among combat military veterans using SPSS software. Results indicate that participants who screened positive for cannabis dependence had reported using a significantly higher dosage of cannabis (in grams) per week and scored significantly higher in the moral injury "other" subscale and in the moral injury "betrayal" subscale compared to those who did not screen positive for cannabis dependence. In addition, after controlling for confounding factors, depression, but not PTSD, was significantly associated with cannabis dependence (AOR = 1.98, CI = 1.05-3.72, p < .05. and AOR = 1.19, 95% CI = 0.56-2.54, p = n.s., respectively). This study sheds light on the correlates of cannabis dependence among combat veterans that should be further studied in future research. Copyright © 2022 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Ariel Asper, Elishav Binenfeld, Harel Pshitizky, Daniel Feingold. Sociodemographic and clinical correlates of cannabis dependence among Israeli combat veterans. Journal of substance abuse treatment. 2022 Aug;139:108786

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