There’s been much debate lately over the influence of cannabis and the development of psychosis and disorders such as schizophrenia; many people believe that since cannabis is a natural substance, that it’s harmless. It’s important to remember, however, that any substance that can alter the mind and body can potentially yield negative results, and writer Benedict Carey stated for the New York Times earlier this year that an overuse of cannabis – along with an overuse of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, stimulants, and hallucinogens can cause psychosis symptoms.
While scientists may differ on all the causes of psychosis and their relation to cannabis use, one thing is for certain: if a person is already susceptible to developing a disorder like schizophrenia, their chances for experiencing psychosis from cannabis use increases. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) notes that in addition to this, it’s about how much cannabis (or other substance, for example) is used along with the age of the person and the first time they used the substance.
Professor Marcus Munafo, a researcher who participated in a study related to cannabis and schizophrenia, stated: “There is growing concern that cannabis use might increase the risk of developing schizophrenia. Our results support this, but also suggest that those at increased risk of schizophrenia may be more likely to try cannabis in the first place.”
The information presented regarding the link between cannabis use and psychosis is meant to serve as a cautionary message – because not only can excessive use of substances lead to dependence and, later addiction – but it can also cause a person to produce side effects that may be quite discomforting. If you’ve been abusing substances, including cannabis, and you’re ready to seek treatment, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
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