Study: Marijuana use can increase risk of psychosis

Some people use marijuana as a way to escape the everyday grind.

Yet a new study found teens and young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk of developing a disabling brain disorder.

For some adolescents, it's a rite of passage. In fact, marijuana use is increasing among teens and young adults.

But a new study in the British Medical Journal gives another reason to just say no to drugs.

European researchers found that adolescents who regularly use marijuana increase their risk of developing psychosis, a pattern of hallucinogenic thoughts.

The study tracked more than 1,900 people age 14 to 24 over 10 years. Researchers weeded out participants who reported using marijuana and excluded those with psychotic symptoms.

They found those who started using marijuana during the follow-up period were nearly twice as likely to experience psychotic symptoms, compared to those who didn't use it.

And those who were using the drug at the start of the study and continued--increased their risk of persistent psychotic problems.

Scientists theorize that marijuana may disrupt brain development during adolescence and that it may remain permanent.

Yet questions remain. More research is needed to determine whether people with psychosis use marijuana to calm their symptoms or if the drug causes psychosis.

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  • by Glenda Location: ky on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    I have smoked marijuana for over 30 years. Everyone says it is a gateway drug, but i see other wise. It is all in what a person wants to do and beleive me I have overcome alot. Marijuana to me is a nerve medicine as well as a sleeping pill. So which would they rather I do? Its as broad as it is long. People who really need something to help can't get it so I just use what God put on this earth, all natural herb, to me no different then the ginseng, or other natural herbs and roots that he put here for a purpose!!!!
  • by Lewis Location: Lexington on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:18 AM
    There are a lot of people out here that would like to see marijuana become legal and to use it legally. The stupid Gov. want do what the people would like and most people that use weed are too afraid to stand up and say anything but all they have to do is start voting for people that would likely vote and send bills to the Gov. that would legalize marijuana. By voting for these people the Gov. would start doing something to legalize weed and they would not have to make them self-known. The people that use weed that are not afraid could start marching of the Gov. to legalize it. I use it at night to help me sleep and I am sure there a lot of other people in Kentucky that use it for the same thing and for pain we should start to stand up and be heard. Now the stupid Gov. came up with stupid stuff it is falls
  • by bob Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM
    I don't care what the stupid Gov. says I am going to smoke it I have been smoking for 35 Years with on trouble. the Gov. lies about marijuana all the time Legalize it now.
  • by Samantha Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM
    I am going to vote for gatewood in 2012 to try and get weed legalized.
  • by Kim Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    They is still a lot of weed out here to be smoked if it was legalized the cheetos people would make a lot of money. I have the munchies I be smoking let the good times roll.
  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM
    I find it so funny that you see to drunk guys fighting out side a bar,but you never see to stoned people fighting out side a bar. Or you never here of a stoned driver killing someone,but again this country will let people get so wasted that they go of and kill someone. What is wrong with this country??? They just proved that alcohol is the most dangerous drug to human kind. Pot is not even on the list.. Final point, They have also proved that pot helps with alcoholism.. Again its still not legal legalize it
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM
    Our current marijuana prohibition empowers drug dealers and the Mexican drug cartels by preventing any form of legal competition to their activities. Instead of protecting children from marijuana, these laws create an environment of zero legal supply amidst massive and unrelenting demand and effectively serve to make our children LESS safe. It is *because* of the failings of the prohibition that our children now have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol! Our communities need legal adult marijuana sales for exactly the same reason that they need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals away from our neighborhoods and our children
  • by Tom Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    The DEA agents would have to grow their own instead of "confiscating" it under the pretense of law and order only to turn around and sell it themselves. more lies the tupid Gov. want every body to think so they can try and keep it illegal but that is not going to work.
  • by Lee Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM
    If we was to Legalize it for adult 21 years of age and treat treat like alcohol and tobacco it woult make it harder for the young people to get.
  • by Sam Location: Lexington on Mar 28, 2011 at 10:26 PM
    Just more Gov. marijuana propaganda and lies. I have smoked it from the time I was about 12 years old I am 51 now and I have not had any trouble from the stuff. It should be legalized for adults 21 and over.


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