New research has surfaced that suggests previous studies had it all wrong: it is actually alcohol that increases the chances of developing psychosis, not marijuana.
Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada recently published these findings in the mental health journal Schizophrenia Research, which outlines a four year journey into the long term effects of commonly used substances: alcohol, tobacco and marijuana, in an attempt to assess the human risk factors associated with the development of psychosis.
In the study, which encompassed a group of 170 participants profiled as having an elevated risk for psychosis, researchers found that marijuana did not contribute to the crazy, so to speak, while alcohol may, in fact, have been the socially acceptable culprit all along.
“Results revealed that low use of alcohol, but neither cannabis use nor tobacco use at baseline, contributed to the prediction of psychosis in the clinical high risk sample,” said lead study author, Dr. Jean Addington, PhD.
Previous studies have indicated for some time that contrary to the American government’s biased science, marijuana consumption does not lead to an increased risk of schizophrenia in otherwise health individuals. In fact, a recent editorial in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Dr. Matthew Hill says that while THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, can invoke temporary symptoms of psychosis, like paranoia, these side effects do not linger and are not relative to an actual mental disorder.
“Within the Western world, cannabis use went from essentially nonexistent in the 1950s to extremely prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite this dramatic shift in cannabis use at a societal level, the prevalence of schizophrenia has largely remained stable.”
Inheritable genetics are still believed to be the primary source of schizophrenia -- responsible for about 80 percent of the cases.
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