Studies Show That Marijuana Can Cause Young People To have Psychosis and Schizophrenia
An article published by Harvard Health Publishing claims that teenagers and young adults that smoke marijuana are at risk for psychosis and schizophrenia that may affect them in the future.
It's a common belief that marijuana helps uplift mood, promotes focus, reduces stress and anxiety. It also helps you to sleep better, reduce pain and inflammation. Marijuana contains a high percentage of THC which is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Marijuana also has CBD, another well known compound from the cannabis plant. Both THC and CBD may have similar properties, but THC has psychoactive effects which can alter your state of mind and make you feel "high."CBD on the other hand is more commonly extracted from the hemp plants for high amounts of CBD and less THC. CBD has no psychoactive properties therefore it will not make you feel high or intoxicated. Marijuana is used for recreational and medicinal purposes while CBD is used more for medicinally.
There is a lot of scientific evidence showing that smoking marijuana on a regular basis can increase the chance for young people to develop psychosis. Psychosis is a mental disorder when people lose contact with reality. They might see or hear things that other people can not (hallucinations). They could also believe in things that are not true (disillusions). People that suffer from psychosis may see things, objects or people that nobody sees. They may hear voices and sounds that are inaudible to others. They may feel like being touched when no one is around. It is also possible that they may smell or taste something that nobody else can.
Studies also so that they are at risk of developing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a very serious mental disorder that requires long term treatment. People that suffer from schizophrenia perceive reality differently. Schizophrenia includes hallucinations, disillusions, extreme disordered thinking and behaviors. Schizophrenia can disable daily functioning.
A study published in Pubmed, based on following 2,000 subjects as they transition to young adulthood. Young adults who smoked marijuana at least five times are twice as likely to develop psychosis in the next 10 years than people who have never smoked marijuana. In another study published in Pubmed reported that marijuana usage among young adults at an early age can accelerate early onset of psychosis by three years. Take note youths that have been exposed to marijuana in the past are even at higher risk to develop mental disorders like psychosis or schizophrenia if their parents already are suffering from these disorders. They have 1 out of 10 chances of psychosis if a parent or sibling already has this disorder, but smoking marijuana will double the chances.
Scientists have been trying to raise an alarm about the relationship between marijuana and psychosis. In a study conducted with 50,000 young Swedish spiders for the duration of 14 years. Found that those that smoke marijuana at least once are more than twice as likely to develop schizophrenia than those who never smoked. People that reported smoking marijuana for more than 50 times were six times more likely to develop schizophrenia.
The study of how marijuana or cannabis can affect the brain is still in the early stages. Today, cannabis is legal in many places, breaking down barriers for research on how cannabis can affect the human body. We need more understanding on how marijuana can cause mental disorders to properly claim that smoking pot will lead to mental issues. Just like how scientists today can explain the link between how smoking cigarettes can cause cancer.
If you are looking for an alternative solution to marijuana and would like to enjoy similar medicinal properties than CBD is a good choice. CBD comes in three types: Full Spectrum contains the most compounds from the cannabis plant or cannabinoid. You can expect to find CBD, THC but not exceeding 0.3%, CBN, CBG and other cannabiniods along with terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids and vitamins. Full spectrum promotes a greater entourage effects meaning all the compounds in full spectrum can cause a greater medicinal affect than THC or CBD alone. Broad Spectrum is similar too full spectrum but does not come with THC. Finally, we have CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD as it has been extracted and processed to contain only CBD without THC and other cannabinoids. This is ideal for people who would like CBD without having to worry about THC.
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Written by Vivek Roachthavilit
Special thank you to:
Harvard Health Publishing
National Health Service