NORML Responds To Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Claims
Sensational headlines claiming that potent cannabis is causing an increase in psychosis are getting a lot of attention. But, NORML says a deeper dive beyond the headlines shows the flaws in that conclusion.
it is well established that those with psychiatric illness typically use all intoxicants at greater rates than do the general public, so the fact that those admitted to institutions for first-episode psychosis are more likely to consume cannabis than are those in the general population is hardly surprising. But it is not evidence that marijuana in any way causes the condition. Rather, this association may exist because many psychiatric patients are self-medicating with cannabis. Or, this relationship may persist because many people predisposed to psychosis are similarly predisposed to also using cannabis — a theory that is supported by many experts in the field. […]
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