Because of the ill-perceived “mellow, kicked-back profile” of marijuana users, …

In spite of the overwhelming tendency of marijuana users toward rejection, anger and violence, … the changes in personality, the psychological profile, …..

It’s only obvious that the use of marijuana, leaves its users mentally unbalanced!  The recent shooting of Representative Gibbons by a pothead, I submit to you is just one more case that proves that!

Therefore, look at this this article from Businessweek.

“Apart from the implications for policy makers and health planners, we hope our findings will encourage further clinical and animal-model research to unravel the mechanisms linking cannabis use and psychosis,” the study authors wrote.

Read the stats!

Long-Time Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis in Young Adults

February 26, 2010, 8:05 PM EST By Nicole Ostrow

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) — Young adults who used marijuana as teens were more likely than those who didn’t to develop schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions, an Australian study found.

Those who used the drug for six or more years were twice as likely to develop a psychosis such as schizophrenia or to have delusional disorders than those who never used marijuana, according to research released online by the Archives of General Psychiatry. They were also four times as likely to score high on a list of psychotic-like experiences.

The findings build on previous research and shows that marijuana use isn’t as harmless as some people think, lead study author John McGrath said yesterday in an e-mail. The study was the first to look at sibling pairs to discount genetic or environmental influence and still find marijuana linked to later psychosis, the authors said in the study.

“This is the most convincing evidence yet that the earlier you use cannabis, the more likely you are to have symptoms of a psychotic illness,” said McGrath, a professor at the Queensland Brain Institute in Brisbane, Australia, in a statement. “The message for teenagers is: if they choose to use cannabis they have to understand there’s a risk involved.”

Smoked or Ingested

Marijuana, produced from the cannabis plant, can be smoked or ingested. Its recreational use is illegal in the U.S. About 14 U.S. states have laws allowing for medical use of marijuana, which advocates say can ease nausea for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or help stimulate the appetites of AIDS patients.

Researchers in the study were looking for causes of schizophrenia, McGrath said.

The researchers included 3,801 young adults who were born in Brisbane from 1981 to 1984. At the 21-year follow up, the participants, whose average age was about 20, were asked about marijuana use. The researchers also measured whether those in the study had psychotic symptoms.

Of the 1,272 participants who had never used marijuana, 26 or 2 percent were diagnosed with psychosis. Of the 322 people who had used marijuana for six or more years, 12 or 3.7 percent were diagnosed with the illness. Overall, 65 people were diagnosed with psychosis, according to the study.

The researchers also found that those who used marijuana the longest were four times more likely than those who didn’t to have the highest scores derived from a list of psychotic-like experiences. Two of the questions posed to study participants, according to McGrath, asked: “Do you ever feel as if you are possessed by someone or something else?” and “Do you ever feel as if other people can read your mind?”

Increased Risk

McGrath said that even those who used marijuana for fewer than three years still had an increased risk of scoring higher than those who had not.

“Apart from the implications for policy makers and health planners, we hope our findings will encourage further clinical and animal-model research to unravel the mechanisms linking cannabis use and psychosis,” the study authors wrote.

About 18 percent of those in the study said they used marijuana for three or fewer years, 16 percent said they used it for four to five years and 14 percent used it for six or more years.

Researchers don’t know when symptoms emerged or how much marijuana study participants used over their lives, McGrath said. Those in the study were interviewed at the ages of 14 and 21, so the symptoms emerged between those two study periods, he said.

Sibling Findings

The study also showed that among 228 sibling pairs, those who didn’t use marijuana reported fewer psychotic-like delusions compared with those who used cannabis. That difference was statistically significant and reduces the likelihood that the psychotic problems were caused by genetics or environment, the authors said.

The study also looked at siblings who both smoked pot and found that those who smoked it longer had a higher score for psychotic-like delusions than the other sibling who smoked for a shorter time.

About 2.4 million American adults have schizophrenia, according to the National Institutes of Health. The disorder often appears in men in their late teens and early 20s, while in women it generally strikes in their early 20s or 30s. It is associated with delusions, hallucinations and disordered thinking, McGrath said. It is unclear what causes the disease.

The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

About josiahe

Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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  1. josiahe says:

    Do you realize just how angry you are?

    • josiahe says:

      And deluded too ….. as most users are. Odd you should call it “righteous” ….. Using drugs, illicit drugs, drugs which cause delusional thinking …. are more toward the end of the scale that is evil rather than good! You cannot see the forest for you’re standing in the middle of a pot field! Have you tried quitting? Quit for 3 years and then I’ll believe you’re somewhat rational.

  2. Peter Reynolds says:

    I’ve smoked cannabis for nearly 40 years. …….
    I know that cannabis is good for me. I’m no more or less delusional than the next man in the street. You’re the one who displays prejudice and bigotry. You arrogate to yourself the right to condemn my peaceful, nutritious and beneficial use of this wonderful plant? …..

    • josiahe says:

      Smoking an herb (drawing the smoke deep into the lungs and holding the particle-intense smoke into the lungs) …. smoke, that contains more carcinogens, tars, and over 600 other debilitating chemical compounds, is …… is what? Beneficial, nutritious, ….. Ha ha ha ha ….. and you’re not delusional?

      • josiahe says:

        Too bad you’re so poorly informed and cannot see beyond your desire to be able to get high legally. There are 20,000 studies scientific studies on marijuana/cannabis and none of them have shown crude marijuana to be good for anything, certainly not medicine. I’d be surprised if you’ve even considered any of them.

        To safely “prescribe” a medicine, the strength, purity, effectiveness, proper dose for a specific medical condition, and its interaction with other medications must be known. Common sense tells us that it is impossible to meet these safety requirements by smoking a substance.

        Medicine must not be based on anecdotal accounts of benefits, but on peer-reviewed, scientific research. Using the same criteria applied to all other drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly rejected crude marijuana for medical use, as well they should, for calling pot medicine is a scam. There may be some appropriate places for those suffering to use pot, but as expected, those whose goal was legalization, have expanded it’s use to every malady proving it was a scam from the beginning!

        In no way am I about to allow you to use my site to further your propaganda! Yaalll have a nice day now, heya?
        Your insistance that you know better, that you believe the “researchers” who have an axe to grind by producing the results of those who pay them, shows you only read one side. One rarely finds truth when one reads only what one already believes!

        Your site is drawing innocent people into believing pot is a medicine, yet as a former user, I remember when the IOM was coming to town and all those who wanted pot to be legalized got together to promote who could convince them the best …… they were laughing about “how they’d found the weak link in the establishment’s chain.”

        Many have no idea of how dangerous the use of marijuana can be. Recent studies have shown that it is a huge factor in causing and exacerbating various kinds of psychosis.

      • John says:

        Shut the hell up, you dont know what your talking about, learn to research more stupid as, your just as fuked up as this whole world believing what schools say, parents say, society is wrong.

      • josiahe says:

        Now that’s an intelligent response. Besides, he doesn’t know the difference between words that may sound the same – one a contraction. For this idiot’s information, …. and yours, I’m a former user, and I know of what I speak. I’ve been a reformed user for over 31 year and a member of Drug Watch International for 26 + years. Users more often, actually threaten my life ….. That’s to be expected; they’re delusional. One can see this user’s intellect should impact no one but his children …. and idiot friends.

  3. Peter Reynolds says:

    You are a deranged and dangerous man. You invite comment and yet you censor it. What a sad, pathetic fool you are. No integrity. No honour. No point.

    • josiahe says:

      Though it’s obvious that you only read what you already believe, I preferred the (attempt at) offering “facts” rather than resorting to name-calling, and you call me deranged and dangerous? You addressed zero %age of what I offered. Nice try; no blunt!

  4. josiahe says:

    It’s my fault; I apologize. Please go to “Manage Subscriptions” on your account, I believe. It has to do with my post publishing changes, I suspect; sorry.

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