Friday, August 3, 2007

Smoking Cannabis will Make you Crazy

Who would have thought, with all of the problems in the world, that "Reefer Madness" would rear its head and the headlines would be screaming "The Use of Cannabis Causes Psychosis".
The Lancet has just published a review of longitudinal studies and found that daily or weekly use of cannabis (marijuana) could increase psychosis by 40%.

These findings puzzle me. In the UK and New Zealand, 1 in 5 young people admit to smoking a joint weekly or over 100 times. Can we expect a 20% increase in schizophrenia as time goes on? What about the Netherlands? Marijuana is legal there, yet their rates of psychosis are not increased. There has been a large increase in marijuana use over the past 40 years, but we are not seeing an increase worldwide in rates of psychosis. The incidence of schizophrenia is stable or even decreasing by some Nations reports.

I am not advocating use of marijuana and the effects of any drug or alcohol on young, developing minds is cause for grave concern. But, my "reefer madness" red flag gets raised when I see science that doesn't seem to pass the smell (or inhale) test.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good post. I'm glad someone with credibility is challenging the propaganda machine. But have you considered that the rise in obesity might be connected with the "munchies?"

Rich said...

I have to ask if maybe pot is being used by a lot of people who have mental illness to begin with as a way to self medicate. It could have been masking the psychosis rather than causing it maybe?

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