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Cannabis use and attenuated positive and negative symptoms in youth at clinical high risk for psychosis

Cannabis use is more prevalent among youth at clinical high-risk (CHR) for psychosis than healthy controls (HC). There is mixed evidence as to whether cannabis use is associated with increased severity of attenuated psychotic symptoms (APS) or whether current cannabis use is associated with the transition to psychosis.

Severity of cannabis was unrelated to clinical status at 2-years, and it did not differentiate CHR individuals who transitioned to psychosis from those who did not. However, a major limitation was that the current number of CHR cannabis users was small, and survival analyses resulted in a smaller power than the 80 % recommended.

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