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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