Marijuana Linked to Psychosis. Also, Water Linked to Wet.

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But aren’t psychotic-like experiences precisely what chronic pot smokers and recreational drug users are looking for in the first place? So doesn’t a study like this self-select for teens whose brains want to enter an altered state?

According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, young adults who used marijuana as teens were more likely than those who didn’t to develop schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions. “Those who used the drug [marijuana] for six or more years were twice as likely to develop a psychosis such as schizophrenia or to have delusional disorders than those who never used marijuana.” They were also four times as likely to score high on a list of psychotic-like experiences. 

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3 Responses to Marijuana Linked to Psychosis. Also, Water Linked to Wet.

  1. whowashere says:

    As a neurobiology professor at my university pointed out to a friend concerned about marijuana and psychosis links (not me, I was more of a useless liberal arts type), marijuana use has increased 30 fold since 1960. If there was any causal link between marijuana and schizophrenia, then the schizophrenic percentage of the population should have increased almost as much, or at least increase at all. It hasn’t.

  2. NotUnlikeWaves says:

    Is feeling so relaxed you can tune into the most minute variations of a jazz drum beat, and time your guitar phrases to hit a few microseconds behind the snare, really a psychotic experience? I must be doing this super-stoner thing all wrong.

    Aren’t children looking for a “psychotic” experience when they hold their breath and spin in circles? I’
    m just questioning the use of language, not the over-all point. The Western mind has little experience w/ and almost no categories to place the experiences occaisioned by marijuana (or other things….), so “psychosis” seems to be an easy fit; However, this just doesn’t fit with how most people I know use the drug.

    Sorry about getting all Timmy Leary on you there. Carry on

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