Archive for the ‘Psychosis’ Category

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180212125804.htm

The same tired argument that cannabis today is much stronger.  BFD.  Vodka is stronger than beer, so what?  You don’t chug vodka in the same quantities as beer, and you don’t smoke joints of 25% THC cannabis like you did the stuff back in 1975.  People who smoke cannabis– the new, improved, extra-strength, as-seen-on-TV stuff– usually take one or two tokes and enjoy the same mild high that required smoking an entire joint of harsh, throat-burning, cough-inducing, foul-smelling weed fifty years ago.

Also, the article states that “Schizophrenia and other psychiatric issues may be triggered by marijuana use”.  Well, milk can cause weight gain in sedentary individuals.  So what?  Those same psychiatric issues might be triggered by violence on television, alcohol, or even cold medicine.  That’s like saying “car accidents can be caused by drunk driving”.  Anyone with half a brain (the good half, of course) should avoid street drugs if they might have an adverse effect.  Tell us something we DON’T know.

This is just a typical scare-tactics foist on us by Big Pharma, in the same vein as “Exercise can cause asthma attacks in susceptible individuals”, or “Consuming dairy products by lactose-intolerant individuals can cause cramping and flatulence.”  Yes, this JAOA article is mostly flatulence; lots of noise with little matter.

 

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A study by neuroscientists finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Source: CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains: Neuroscientists find cannabidiol reduces symptoms such as impaired memory in adolescent mice simultaneously exposed to THC — ScienceDaily

Scientists have shown that the risk of developing psychosis, such as hallucinations, from cannabis use is small compared to the number of total users.

Source: Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists — ScienceDaily

The DEA finally dropped inaccurate and misleading claims from their official website. Next up, rescheduling?

Source: DEA Drops Inaccurate Cannabis Claims From Website | Leafly

AuntieBS has always been critical of the DEA, who lies through their teeth to preserve jobs, who has wasted more than a $TRILLION dollars in the bogus war on drugs, all the while enabling $5 hits of heroin and methamphetamine to be ubiquitous all across the country.  What’s the point of this useless agency?

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People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition.

Source: Causal links between cannabis, schizophrenia: New evidence — ScienceDaily

What a great article!  It doesn’t jump to false conclusions, admits that the causal factor of the cannabis use is likely to be schizophrenia, not vice versa, which is a great refresher from the usual blame-everything-on-cannabis crowd.

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Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a new study suggests. The research also found some evidence that medical cannabis may help with symptoms of depression, PTSD and social anxiety. However, the review concluded that cannabis use might not be recommended for conditions such as bipolar disorder and psychosis.

Source: Marijuana could help treat drug addiction, mental health, study suggests — ScienceDaily

The risk of developing psychosis is more than tripled for those who abuse cannabis, according to results from a new twin study.

Source: Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis — ScienceDaily

Notice that psychosis is ASSOCIATED WITH cannabis, and the obvious assumption is that the cannabis is causal.  Well, have they considered that the PSYCHOSIS may be causal?  That people struggling with psychosis might be 3.5 times more likely to self-medicate with cannabis?

I have personal knowledge of ONE example, out of perhaps 100, where in my estimation, the cannabis exacerbated the psychosis of an individual, but was not causal.  The neurotic individual exhibited borderline psychosis that seemed to intensity with cannabis use, but also grew over the years.  Was it a natural progression or did cannabis cause it?  It is difficult to tell outside of a real research project, but the implications of this article are highly suspect!

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