Opinion: Dear Legislators: Marijuana is Linked to Psychosis
As Maryland legislators appointed to the ” Cannabis Workgroup” begin their study of the pros and cons of marijuana legalization, they should pay particular attention to the mental health risks of this drug. Unfortunately, they may not have heard much about the epidemiology of psychosis associated with marijuana use, since relevant U.S.
Expert Warns Smoking Pot Before Age 30 Risks Mental Illness
Dr. Dost Öngür, chief of the Psychotic Disorders Division at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, recently presented a sweeping slide-talk on complex current issues in treating psychosis, but it was one simple line of his that most stayed with me: “I tell my students: Smoke all the pot you want – after you’re 30.”
More Study Needed on the Link Between Pot and Psychosis
The Province 11-9-16 By: Gordon Clark While the Schizophrenia Society of Canada noted that more research is needed to better understand the link, why are we risking the health of children — and potentially future violent acts linked to psychosis, even if they are rare — by removing the prohibitions on marijuana? Surely we should be asking those questions before legalizing pot. Certainly those who like to get stoned or who make a lot of money off the sale of pot — the ones pushing the pro-marijuana agenda on society — are not.
Canadians, especially lawmakers, gleefully rushing headlong to legalize marijuana should pause to consider the horrifying, heartbreaking stabbing death of 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, as innocent a crime victim as one can imagine. Gabriel Brandon Klein, the 21-year-old homeless man from Alberta charged with second-degree murder in the death of the Abbotsford Senior Secondary School student, and aggravated assault in the non-fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl in the Nov.
How much grief can a father bear? When LORD MONSON’s son died in a Kenyan jail, his solace was his other boy, Rupert. Now he has gone, too, a victim of skunk
(Skunk in the U.K. refers to strong strains of THC-Marijuana) By Sarah Rainey For The Daily Mail1 7:00 EST 10 Feb 2017, updated 05:28 EST 11 Feb 2017 Tragically, this bitter row was the last time he ever saw his son. On January 18, Rupert (age 21), who lived in Farnham, Surrey, with his mother and younger sister, took his own life after months of severe psychosis caused, his family believes, by an addiction to the drug known as ‘skunk’, a particularly potent strain of cannabis. His parents — who are now reconciled after several years of estrangement — tried repeatedly to get his life back on track but his young brain was simply too ravaged to recover from the drug which made him hallucinate and hear demonic voices.
When Lord Monson’s son died in a Kenyan jail, his solace was his other boy, Rupert. Now he has gone too, a victim of skunk cannabis. Here, the peer talks of his loss and crusade to change drugs laws. The scene will be familiar to any parent whose children are in those fraught, volatile years between adolescence and adulthood.
Top Doctor Warns of a Psychosis, Paranoid Delusions and a Super-skunk Schizophrenia Time-bomb
Britain could set off a schizophrenia timebomb if it ignores the dangers of super-strength ‘skunk’ cannabis, one of the UK’s most eminent psychiatrists warns today. Strong evidence now shows that smoking potent forms of the Class B drug increases the chance of psychosis, paranoid delusions and schizophrenia.
Teenage pot smokers are risking mental illnesses in later life
This study replicates exactly what Henquet et al. found back in 2005 for the amount of use where you begin to see a rise in risk – 5 times of use. “They may be infrequent and thus not problematic for the adolescent, (but) when these experiences are reported continuously, year after year, then there’s an increased risk of a first psychotic episode or another psychiatric condition.” Marijuana is thought to cause psychosis-like experiences by increasing a user’s risk of depression. Study Adolescent Cannabis Use and Risk of Psychosis
On an afternoon I occasionally walk with my granddaughter in a London park where teens gather after school, and the smell of pot is unescapable. It’s more pungent than I remember and I presume stronger, possibly super skunk , which is flooding the UK.
Schizophrenia Expert Explains Cannabis Risk for Psychosis
See news article about the Schizophrenia Society of Canada outreach effort.
Cannabis-Psychosis is Real
Young woman explains why she doesn’t do cannabis–goes over research into cannabis-induced psychosis and substance triggered schizophrenia.
Part 1 of 2 – Sorry for the multiple uploads this AM. The first time I included Hendrix’s rendition of Star Spangled Banner but apparently that song is a no go as YouTube muted my whole vid so I replaced it with the Bone clip but when I did it bumped a different audio clip and I didn’t realize it!
Cannabis and Psychosis
Exploring the Link is a national project of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. The aim of the project is to increase awareness and understanding of the relationship between cannabis use and psychosis from the perspective of youth.
1 min video “Cannabis and Psychosis”
We worked with the Schizophrenia Society to make this wacky little ditty to raise awareness about the connection between smoking weed and the onset of psychosis.
What is Psychosis?
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