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originally posted by: OPIVY
Maybe people with schizophrenia are just more likely to self medicate than people without the mental disorder?
Adverse effects of chronic use
- Regular cannabis users can develop a dependence syndrome, the risks of which are around 1 in 10 of all cannabis users and 1 in 6 among those who start in adolescence.
- Regular cannabis users double their risks of experiencing psychotic symptoms and disorders, especially if they have a personal or family history of psychotic disorders, and if they initiate cannabis use in their mid-teens.
- Regular adolescent cannabis users have lower educational attainment than non-using peers.
- Regular adolescent cannabis users are more likely to use other illicit drugs.
- Regular cannabis use that begins in adolescence and continues throughout young adulthood appears to produce cognitive impairment but the mechanism and reversibility of the impairment is unclear.
- Regular cannabis use in adolescence approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or reporting psychotic symptoms in adulthood.
- All these relationships have persisted after controlling for plausible confounders in well-designed studies, but some researchers still question whether adverse effects are related causally to regular cannabis use or explained by shared risk factors
originally posted by: calstorm
Well, that would explain my mom and all her buddies. There is a reason I would never go near the stuff even though it was offered to me as a teen on a daily basis. Drug induced paranoia is very scary from a child's perspective when one sees those behaviors in a a parent. (I use the term parent quite loosely)
originally posted by: captaintyinknots
New research from Harvard Medical School, in a comparison between families with a history of schizophrenia and those without, finds little support for marijuana use as a cause of schizophrenia.
Weed doesnt cause schizophrenia. I like, though, that you admit your post is heavily biased.
Although marijuana doesn’t necessarily pose the same immediate, life-threatening dangers as alcohol, we have seen that chronic, long-term use does cause significant brain changes—chiefly, slowed activity in the frontal and temporal lobes; areas of the brain involved with focus, concentration, motivation, memory, learning, and mood stability.
Avoid long-term use in people who have or are at risk of lung problems, such as asthma or byssinosis (a disease caused by breathing dust). Marijuana may cause bronchitis, coughing, lung cysts, phlegm, reduced lung density, and wheezing.
originally posted by: thesaneone
a reply to: wantsome
She's a has been that can't accept it and she refuses to move on, typical entitlement minded brat.
As the 600x more likely to cause schizophrenia that's just a bunch of B.S that the government uses to scare people.
Blame bad wiring not some plant.
originally posted by: hoochymama23
No Wonder ATS hates Weed Threads.
I have been on this site since it started (had another user name...im sure some of you can guess) and the 911 Fiasco has slowly turned into the Weed Fiasco.
Its a PLANT...that Many have used for Thousands of Years before to treat EVERYTHING and some OP wants to say it causes a Mental problem?? LOL.
But much of this research can’t distinguish between brain changes resulting from marijuana use and symptoms associated with the disease. It’s possible that cannabis-smoking schizophrenics “might have unpleasant symptoms [that precede full-blown schizophrenia] and are self-medicating” with the psychotropic drug, said Roland Lamarine, a professor of community health at California State University, Chico. “We haven’t seen an increase in schizophrenics, even with a lot more marijuana use.”
In fact, other research suggests that cannabis-using schizophrenics score better on cognitive tests than non-using schizophrenics. Such conflicting reports may be due to the varying concentrations—and varying effects—of cannabinoids in marijuana. In addition to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxic cannabinoid that is responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering properties, the drug also contains a variety of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), which can protect against neuron damage. Hermann found that the volume of the hippocampus—a brain area important for memory processing—is slightly smaller in cannabis users than in non-users, but more CBD-rich marijuana countered this effect.