Gene could help identify psychosis risk in cannabis users — ScienceDaily

Posted: February 17, 2016 in Cannabis, health, Marijuana, Psychosis
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A gene that can be used to predict how susceptible a young person is to the mind-altering effects of smoking cannabis has been identified by a group of researchers. The finding could help identify otherwise healthy users who are most at risk of developing psychosis.

Source: Gene could help identify psychosis risk in cannabis users — ScienceDaily


BEWARE:  The media is likely to blow this out of proportion.  All this article says is that SOME people with a particular gene, are more susceptible to psychosis; inability to differentiate reality from hallucinations or perceptions.  It deserves consideration, certainly, but it’s akin to saying “people are more likely to get into car accidents within 25 miles of their homes”, which may be true, but because more time is spent driving near the home; it says nothing about the drivers’ abilities.  So, this study shows a correlation, and it may even be causal, but there may be more to it than just cannabis and psychosis.  For example, could the gene be indicative of simply a lowered threshold or propensity for psychosis.  Could it be that this gene lowers IQ, causing people to struggle more in life, and thereby seek escapes?  This article is worth noting, but may not be the final word.  Read and think critically.  Ask yourselves what other factors might be at play.  Be skeptical.



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