After the previous post which touched on recreational drug use and depression, I thought this recent article from Reuters Health was particularly relevant. They report a study which showed a 50% increase in depression for those who had smoked pot before the age of 17. More research may be needed in order to make sure that smoking pot and depression weren’t the product of some other process, for example, the association between depression and smoking was decreased when childhood misconduct was taken into account. But nonetheless,   I’d err on the side of caution here, and try to avoid pot, especially if you’re depressed. Look at it this way; avoiding pot is looking unlikely to make depression worse. Recreational drug use may seem like a way to deal with issues now, but there are a number of better long term strategies.