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Does Pot Smoking Increases Risk of Psychosis?

According to this article it does:

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Health

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  • I don't think so....but people prone to psychosis (and other mental problems) do tend to self-medicate so it could be that there is a statistical correlation for that reason.

    Answer by BJoan at 3:10 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Never heard of it and highly doubt it I have bi-polar and it was way more under control in high school when I smoked it.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 3:12 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • If you have a predisposition to psychosis, pot COULD trigger it but so could lots of other things like stress, work, family etc.

    Answer by keyaziz at 4:29 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Im thinkin Yeah,,, lets put it all together...killing brain cells by the thousand every time you use?????Phyoisis inevidable????? Figure it OUT????

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:50 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • I didn't read the article, but I know it can if you are predisposed to having a mental illness that involves psychosis. It is believed that mental illness is caused partly by an inbalance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Pot also has an effect on these neurotransmitters so I can believe that in any person, if there is a predisposition towards psychosis or a family history of psychosis certain drugs can throw you into a psychotic episode. The pot affects the same neurotransmitters that are involved in keeping the mind stable, so it makes sense.

    Pot actually has the opposite affect on these neurotransmitters than some psychiatric meds.

    Answer by EmilyandIsaac at 7:12 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • its according how good the pot is?

    Answer by stacy1403 at 7:46 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Psychopharmacology major here....

    Pot smoke only increases risk of psychosis when there is already an underlying diagnosis of something. Such as manic depression, or schizophrenia. In people with normal brain function, it can cause psychosis in the form of hallucination or paranoia (you would have to smoke a lot of the really good stuff for that though), but it is temporary & those effects wear off when you come down from the marijuana high.

    Emily&Issac hit the nail on the head!


    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:37 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Where is your evidence that pot kills brain cells? Do some research, that is a fabrication. Here is something for you to read...



    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:40 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Myth: Marijuana Kills Brain Cells. Used over time, marijuana permanently alters brain structure and function, causing memory loss, cognitive impairment, personality deterioration, and reduced productivity.

    Fact: None of the medical tests currently used to detect brain damage in humans have found harm from marijuana, even from long term high-dose use. An early study reported brain damage in rhesus monkeys after six months exposure to high concentrations of marijuana smoke. In a recent, more carefully conducted study, researchers found no evidence of brain abnormality in monkeys that were forced to inhale the equivalent of four to five marijuana cigarettes every day for a year. The claim that marijuana kills brain cells is based on a speculative report dating back a quarter of a century that has never been supported by any scientific study.


    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:41 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • if you smoke pot your stupid and it does kill brain cells

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:02 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

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