Archive for the ‘Psychosis’ Category

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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New research shows a dramatic drop in painkiller prescriptions after medical marijuana laws are passed.

Source: One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana – The Washington Post

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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