Red and blue lights flash in our rearview mirror. My friend rolls down his window, and the evening sounds become deafened by intermittent radio buzzes and the crunch of gravel as the police officer approaches the car. We have 3 pounds of weed in the backseat. It turns out our geographic coordinates will determine the result.
This link has been documented in over 30 different scientific studies studies done mostly in the UK, Australia and Sweden over the past 20 years.
In one example, a study interviewed 50, members of the Swedish Army about their drug consumption and followed up with them later in life. Many of these research studies indicate that the risk is higher when the drugs are used by people under the age of 21, a time when the human brain is developing rapidly and is particularly vulnerable.
People with any biological predisposition towards schizophrenia are at the highest risk -- unfortunately its impossible to accurately identify this predisposition beforehand a family history of mental illness is just one indicator of such a predisposition. Research by psychiatrists in inner-city areas speak of cannabis being a factor in up to 80 percent of schizophrenia cases.
Professor Robin Murray London Institute of Psychiatry has recently completed a year study of more than adolescents in conjunction with colleagues at King's College London and the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Overall people were 4. Many researchers now believe that using the drug while the brain is still developing boosts levels of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which can directly lead to schizophrenia.
Every person is different i. The increased risk applies to people who inherit variants of a gene named COMT and who smoked cannabis as teenagers. About a quarter of the population have this genetic make-up and up to 15 per cent of the group are likely to develop psychotic conditions if exposed to the drug early in life.
Neither the drug nor the gene raises the risk of psychosis by itself. A recent Dutch study showed that teenagers who indulge in cannabis as few as five times in their life significantly increase their risk of psychotic symptoms. The increase in evidence during the past decade could be tied to the increased potency of marijuana.
A review by the British Lung Association says that the cannabis available on the streets today is 15 times more powerful than the joints being smoked three decades ago.
Schizophrenia can sometimes be triggered by heavy use of hallucinogenic drugs, especially LSD; but it appears that one has to have a genetic predisposition towards developing schizophrenia for this to occur.
There is also some evidence suggesting that people suffering from schizophrenia but responding to treatment can have an episode as a result of use of LSD.
Methamphetamine and PCP also mimic the symptoms of schizophrenia, and can trigger ongoing symptoms of schizophrenia in those who are vulnerable. Melbourne University's Professor David Castle stated in a February, interview that heavy drug use during formative times of life, such as the years at school, could affect the way a teenager or young adult thought, impairing cognitive ability and having a long-term impact on job prospects.
Victorian studies had revealed that regular use of cannabis by adolescent girls could trigger long-term depression. And for those vulnerable to a psychotic disorder, even a small amount of cannabis could pose a threat.
Professor Castle, author of the book Marijuana and Madnesshas said that those people with this "psychotic proneness" were those who had a family history of mental illness or who had had a bad response on their first use of cannabis or to a tiny amount. Others at risk included those who had experienced a psychotic episode where they had paranoid thinking or heard a voice calling their name.
Professor Castle said experiencing such a one-off episode was far more common than people thought. Without the effects of the drug, such a person might live their whole life without ever experiencing mental health problems.
Professor Castle compared the effect to feeding sweets to a diabetic. While high sugar content foods did not cause too many problems for most people in the short term, they could be catastrophic for diabetics. He said there was an accumulative effect when it came to cannabis use and schizophrenia.Medical Cannabis (Marijuana) Recommendation.
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Past research has shown that marijuana use occurs commonly in social situations for young adults, though few studies have examined the association between immediate social context and marijuana use patterns and associated problems.
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