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Marijuana Use Can Up Psychosis Risk

SATURDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of marijuana can lead to increased risk of developing hallucinations, delusions and psychosis, a new study shows.

Australian researchers asked nearly 3,100 young adults averaging about 20 years of age about marijuana use. They found that almost 18 percent reported using the drug for three or fewer years, about 16 percent for four to five years, and just over 14 percent for six or more years.

Among the participants, 65 had been diagnosed with a "non-affective psychosis" such as schizophrenia, and 233 had at least one positive item for hallucination on a diagnostic interview conducted for the study.

The researchers found there was an association between length of marijuana use and mental health.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20100228/hl_hsn/marijuanausecanuppsychosisrisk

Do you find this study interesting?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:46 AM on Mar. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (24)
  • I think the very fact that so many potheads come here trying to convince us that POTdoesn't harm us, that it is safer than cigarettes, demonstrates that pot does cause psychosis and delusions. Hehe.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:04 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • I find studies BORING. Especially since people who do studies are PAID to prove a point. If somone had enough money they could prove that POT cures cancer. Or that Breastfeeding causes bipolar disorder and autism. Studies are very one sided
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 9:01 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Correlation ≠ causation. This doesn't imply that marijuana use causes psychosis. Since mental illness increases drug-seeking behavior, this may mean that people who will later experience psychosis exhibit drug-seeking behavior.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 9:25 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • All of these studies are not very reliable, they usually have very little subjects to base their findings in. I know of people who have been usng it for over 30 years and there no psychosis anywhere.
    older

    Answer by older at 9:40 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • ^^^^I think that point could be argued. People who smoke a lot of pot only want to hear about the studies showing it's a cure-all.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • If somone had enough money they could prove that POT cures cancer.

    Actually there are at least a dozen new studies that show just that. It has been show to kill brain, lung and breast cancer cells.
    trippyhippy

    Answer by trippyhippy at 10:01 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • ^^^^I think that point could be argued. People who smoke a lot of pot only want to hear about the studies showing it's a cure-all.

    We are not saying it is perfect but it has alot less side effects then 99% of prescription drugs.
    trippyhippy

    Answer by trippyhippy at 10:02 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Paranoia is a common side effect of pot use.  Hallucinations are not unknown. 


    Any and all drugs have side effects. Those who claim marijuana is 100% safe are delusional. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • This is as reliable a study as those who show pot kills cancer. You can't pick and choose.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

  • Because something is "associated" with another thing does not mean it's the cause. That is like saying coffee causes fatigue, because fatigued people drink more coffee. Many people with mental health issue self medicate with drugs and alcohol.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:07 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

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