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 Cannabis-Induced-Psychosis?
Personal experiences as told by two young men.
Smoking cannabis can lead to cannabis psychosis, causing you to lose touch with reality. Two men describe how it happened to them.
Listen to the problems in Colorado schools.
How much are government officials hiding?:
Lynn Reimer, President of ACT on Drugs, speaks at the Smart Colorado Benefit Luncheon talks about how the #1 problem in Colorado schools is marijuana.
‘Brain Health 101’— presented by Dr Ruth Potee- “Marijuana Awareness”
( filmed in Massachusetts)
Uploaded by Sandwich Community Television/Media/WSDH 91.5 FM on 2016-06-02.
MomsStrong.org member asks Governor of Vermont to veto legalization bill, cites marijuana deaths
Aubree sheds light on the truth that legalizing marijuana increases the illegal market and does kill. She shares some of the stories of the people who have lost their life’s to marijuana.
A Colorado mom pleads with Governor Scott of Vermont to not legalize marijuana
San Diego Doctor Reports on Marijuana Poisoning
Dr. Lev is the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. She describes how everyday she treats daily marijuana poisoning: from cyclical vomiting syndrome- a condition resulting in terrible wretching (vomiting) and severe abdominal pain caused by regular marijuana use, she treats someone in acute psychosis and agitation associated with marijuana use. Dr Lev has treated cancer patients who ate a marijuana brownie thinking it would help with nausea from chemotherapy, only to land an admission to the hospital for chest pain and palpitations; and the most reprehensible consequence from marijuana is when Dr Lev has to place a child on life support for marijuana ingestion.
Dr. Lev is the director of operations of the Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, San Diego campus. She has been practicing medicine at the hospital since 1993, was board certified in emergency medicine in 1995 and re-certified in 2005.
Pro Pueblo Colorado : filmed at Rawlings Library
Published on Apr 5, 2017
“January 2014, after legalization of marijuana, social service agencies in Pueblo Colorado saw an increase in out of state individuals and families (with children) requesting shelter and services.
Many of them had severe mental and physical problems. Since the voters approved the continuation of the sale of recreational marijuana, yet the harms of the drug culture continue to impact the community, a new group has formed, Pro Pueblo CO.
Colorado voted to legalize, promote, commercialize, and normalize marijuana. The marijuana industry produces high potency products that are designed in deceptive forms to disguise use. These products are highly accessible in our communities.
Pueblo, Colorado has experienced the negative consequences of this new law. The harms and the costs are minimized by the marijuana industry, their investors, and their promoters.”–Reported by Aubree Adams, who does not represent Pro Pueblo Co., but does support their mission.
Pro Pueblo (CO) Brad Roberts ER physician
Colorado voted to legalize, promote, commercialize, and normalize marijuana. The marijuana industry produces high potency products that are designed in deceptive forms to disguise use. These products are highly accessible in our communities. Pueblo, Colorado has experienced the negative consequences of this new law.
“My comments today are intended to show that a growing drug culture, a rise in vagrancy, increase in crime are interrelated to talk about how they impact us in the health-care setting.”
“The state of Colorado and now predominantly Pueblo County have made it no secret they want to be the marijuana capitol of the country..
Marijuana or better term “cannabis” has become a large part of our community. There are now more cannabis shops then McDonalds or Starbucks restaurants combined, according to the Colorado Dept of Revenue, totaling over 940 shops across the state”.
“Marijuana migrants, as they’ve been termed, have placed a large strain on health care providers throughout the community. Many of these individuals come with complex medical problems, including psychiatric and and other substance abuse problems. They come lacking social support and have dramatically increased the cost of healthcare to all consumers within our community. We don’t have the health care resources currently in place in Pueblo to deal with these large influx of people with significant health problems.”
“It’s important to note marijuana- itself- is a poor term to summarize cannabis. There are widely different plant strains within cannabis – cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. And within these strains there are multiple different varieties. Hemp- a variety of the cannabis sativa has drastically different properties then what a high THC-cannabis indica species has. On top of this there are over 480 different chemical compounds in a cannabis plant and not all of them have positive effects. For example, THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol) is believed to cause the psychoactive effects, or get people high and is implicated in people developing dependence”.
“The largest review of the cannabis literature was performed by the National Academies of Science , Engineering & Medicine published in January of this year (2017). They reviewed over 10,000 studies with regards to cannabis. Their findings were extensive, but let me just state a few that I feel are relevant to Pro Pueblo and concerns about our young people. To quote directly from their study ‘evidence suggest that cannabis use prior to driving increases the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Smoking cannabis on a regular basis is associated with more frequent bronchitis episodes, worst respiratory symptoms such as chronic cough and phlegm production. Cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, other psychoses, social anxiety disorders and to a lesser extent, depression. Heavy cannabis users are more likely to report thoughts of suicide then non-users. And individuals with bipolar disorder-near daily cannabis users show increased symptoms of the disorder then non-users. With greater frequency of cannabis use there is an increase likelihood of developing problem cannabis use. And there is evidence to suggest initiating this at a younger age increases the likelihood of developing this. There’s moderate evidence to suggest there is a link between cannabis use and development of substance dependence, or substance disorders- including alcohol, tobacco and other illicit substances.”
Pro Pueblo (CO) Social Services, Anne Stattleman, community impact from huge influx of people seeking marijuana use but need massive social services
January 2014, after legalization of marijuana, social service agencies in Pueblo Colorado saw an increase in out of state individuals and families (with children) requesting shelter and services. Many of them had severe mental and physical problems. Since the voters approved the continuation of the sale of recreational marijuana, yet the harms of the drug culture continue to impact the community, a new group has formed, Pro Pueblo Co.
Pro Pueblo CO Sheriff Kirk Taylor, impact of legalized marijuana
Pueblo, Colorado has experienced the negative consequences of legalized marijuana. The harms and the costs are minimized by the marijuana industry, their investors, and their promoters. Concerned citizens in Pueblo Colorado failed at a initiative ballot last November 2016 to opt out of A64, retail marijuana.
Physicians Press Conference “Code Red” 10/20/16 Pueblo, Colorado
“We’re on the precipice of disaster from marijuana influence.”
On Thursday, October 20th, members of the medical community of Pueblo came together for a press conference to warn public officials and the people of Pueblo that there is great cause for concern related to the marijuana industry continuing to operate in this county.
Dr. Steve Simerville, Medical Director, Nursery, St. Mary-Corwin Hospital.
“Our public officials have not been responsible in keeping the industry in check because they have worked really hard at increasing the levels of THC to astronomical proportions…. All high-dose THC does is increase the risk of addiction and mental health problems.” Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Stuyt.
October 20, 2016
Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods, Public Health Physician
October 20, 2016
Facebook Video from Pueblo, Colorado -Published on Oct 31, 2016
A Colorado mom warns America not to legalize marijuana and asks her town of Pueblo Colorado to opt out of Amendment 64, retail marijuana. She shares her story about her teenage son, who had access to edibles (industrial infused THC products ) in school. These products, smoking marijuana and “dabs” caused a downward spiral towards attempted suicide. Her story is not uncommon!!
A Colorado mom warns America not to legalize marijuana and asks her town of Pueblo Colorado to opt out of A64, retail marijuana. She shares her story about her teenage son, who had access to edibles (industrial infused THC products ) in school. These products, smoking marijuana and dabs caused a downward spiral towards attempted suicide.
The Marijuana-Opioid Pregnancy Connection
The effects of marijuana on the brain of an unborn child. Predisposing children for addiction. Here are the studies cited. 1. M.S. Spano1,2, P. Fadda1,2, W. Fratta1,2,3 and L. Fattore*,1,3 Cannabinoid-Opioid Interactions in Drug Discrimination and Self-Administration: Effect of Maternal, Postnatal, Adolescent and Adult Exposure to the Drugs Current Drug Targets, 2010, Vol.
Transcription: Psychosis and Drug Links
Drug use is a key component to the onset of psychosis in teenagers. Most teenagers don’t recognize this fact. It isn’t possible to actually determine the precise amount of risk that the use of marijuana or other hallucinogenic substances have. If you think about it, these substances are designed to make you hallucinate. In many people who do them for recreational or because of peer pressure, the have a transient experience, and then return to normal reality. I take care of young people that have psychotic illnesses, and some people feel that if they use these substances, their capacity to discern reality, stops. They continue to have hallucinations that they can’t get rid of. I would really ask people to consider delaying the use of substances as long as they can. As your brain matures, it seems less vulnerable to this particular risk that marijuana and other hallucinogens give, to some small, but real percentage, of teenagers.
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From Heroin to Marijuana
“We are in a crisis which calls for a paradigm shift”
Parents should be concerned as this Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a longtime rehab therapist compares use of the new marijuana derivative (dabs) to the late ’90s Ecstasy epidemic. At 53 min mark, please listen to the next 7 mins. Jon Daily, a mental health therapist, is convinced America is on course with a major collision from the newest marijuana derivative, “dabbing” triggering increased psychotic episodes as more young people use this potent drug.
2016 Presentation by Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II “From Heroin to Marijuana” This looks addiction in detail, and specifically how it relates to Heroin and Marijuana in 2016. It is a thought provoking talk driven but clinical experience and research combined www.recoveryhappens.com
Steven Crowder interviews Phyllis Bonafice, MD, neuropsychiatrist of Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Boniface explains how marijuana use causes brain harms despite how millennials consider pot as a harmless pleasure.
She discusses the decreased perception of pot as a risk amongst high school and young adults but the data of concern is million of young people are using not just weekly but daily as it’s becoming now the norm. Dr Bonafice says her population she treats people with psychiatric disorders (anxiety, mood disorders) even a little bit of marijuana throws them a relapse. Dr Bonafice states marijuana is a psychoactive drug and the THC property induces psychosis more.
Check out the full podcast at http://louderwithcrowder.com! Is Marijuana actually good for you? We sat down for a full-length interview with Dr. Phyllis Bonafice, MD in neuropsychiatry to get to the bottom of it… Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scrowder Like me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevencrowderofficial Follow me on Vine: https://vine.co/u/1136892885917368320 Check out more of my videos!
Australia ABC TV Science Catalyst 10-30-08: “Marijuana Madness”
(Dr Jonica Newby and Dr Martin Cohen interview Chris Martin, a young man who suffered numerous psychotic episodes from smoking marijuana.)
Marijuana Madness – the verdict on whether or not marijuana can send you mad? In the 1970s cannabis was presented as being cool and a harmless lifestyle herb. But the data of a new scientific study seems to suggest that cannabis causes psychosis, and scientists can even tell you how it does and who is most at risk.
PTSD and Marijuana: Dr. Kevin Sabet on PTSD and the Danger from Marijuana Use
Uploaded by Other Side of Cannabis on 2016-02-15.
The Other Side of Cannabis Filmmaker Interview
NBC’s Conan Nolan interviews producer/director Jody Belsher “Other Side of Cannabis” – a research film into the cause of her son’s psychotic break from using marijuana (cannabis). She describes traveling around the country to meet with researchers, rehab counselors, other parents whose teen/young adult kids suffered similar devastating psychiatric harms, including suicide, as well as youth who share their struggles with marijuana from the negative effects upon their young, developing brains
Documentarian Jody Belsher on a very personal tale of “The Other Side of Cannabis: Negative Effects of Marijuana on Our Youth”. Her son became addicted to marijuana and suffered psychotic break. She started asking a lot of questions. Her documentary is what she discovered.
THE OSC DOCUMENTARY film on the negative effects of marijuana on our youth–adolescents, teenagers and young adults whose brains are still forming. Other Side of Cannabis www.oscdoc.com.
New, shortened 17 min DVD version
Other Side of Cannabis: Negative Effects of Marijuana on Our Youth DVD
Matforce Conference: Phoenix, Arizona “The Science and the Experiment” 09/22/2015
Lori Robinson shares “Shane’s story.”
Uploaded by WVIIIPROductions on 2016-03-16.
Sally Schindel Q & A
This video is about Sally
Pot Dangerous? Mother’s Testimony Says Yes”>Pot Dangerous? Mother’s Testimony Says Yes
Uploaded by ILFamilyInstitute on 2015-11-17.
Latest Research Linking Cannabis and Opiates
The Vermont State House Special Event on Jan 27, 2016 invited Dr Bertha Madras , PhD, (Professor of Psychobiology & Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School) to present on the topic of Cannabis and Opiates.
Vermont State House Special Event: Research on Cannabis – Dr. Bertha Madras – 1/27/2016
The all new 60-minute recut version of The Other Side of Cannabis. Now Available!