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Marijuana Use Increases Psychosis Risk


Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the US and Britain. The evidence suggests it may not be as harmless as many of us would like to think. The risk of developing schizophrenia is given as one in a hundred, and if you smoke pot, that risk increases to 1.4 in a hundred.

New British research, published in the medical journal The Lancet, thoroughly explores the correlation between smoking weed and schizophrenia. The researchers find that smoking pot causes a 40% increase in the smoker's risk of developing psychotic mental illness with symptoms such as paranoia, hearing voices and seeing things. The risk increases with the level of usage. The Lancet report estimates that 14% of 15 to 34-year-olds currently suffering schizophrenia are ill because they smoked cannabis, a figure previously thought to be between 8% and 10%.

One researcher acknowledged that “It is possible that the people who use cannabis might have other characteristics that themselves increase risk of psychotic illness”. I agree with this. I think that people who smoke pot are often self-medicating for something. Same as any substance. So potsmokers could be predisposed to go nuts before they ever start puffing.

Here are the links I read:
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/07/27/marijuana.psychosis.ap/
http://www.irishhealth.com/?level=4&id=11910

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quayme
Jul. 27th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
When did the bigbee hair do become popular?"the guy in the picture" The shrink I had to see after beating the nurse said I was normal. Reverse sexual haresment is the way she refered to it. I should start a list of things they do she advised. I jsut thought it was a psycotic illiness from years of pot use. Go figure.
liveonearth
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Heh. =-]

Next we will study the correlation between reverse sexual harassment and schizophrenia.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
POT
Wow now we have a .1 increased risk of going crazy. If it were 4.20 it would still be a tolerable risk. Pot should be just like any herb and available without all the games. Freedom is freedom and it is not conditional. How much pot did the rats have to smoke before they died from tar induced cancer? I have read all the studies. All the studies are bulls***. I have been involved in trying to keep pot out of the USA. I was a US Coastguard's man; we spend enough money trying to keep pot out of the USA that we could educate whole cities full of kids and keep them healthy as well. When something is outlawed the law can not touch it and so it is with pot. If it was not illegal we could regulate it... oh no! We can't even regulate prescription drugs, we can not regulate things on either side of the law! This is more the reason to legalize it. We know we can not regulate it so why put people in jail for enjoying one of God's gifts? FEAR. .1 more of us is going crazy --- yikes!
liveonearth
Feb. 12th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: POT
I hear you loud and clear on that rant. All I can say is please don't assume that you know my position from my reporting of what I find in the media. =-] I personally believe that marijuana should be legalized. And I know that there are real risks associated with chronic use that are not covered by this article. Choose your poison well!
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