When it comes to potency, people often assume that the stronger the better. However, a new study found that people who smoke highly effective marijuana daily have an increased risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia or paranoia, reported Live Science.
For the study, researchers analyzed questionnaires from more than 1,200 people without mental health who lived in eleven different cities. Surveys included questions about cannabis use, including the frequency with which marijuana was consumed, the age at which the drug was first used, and the type of cannabis used. Then, these data were compared to information from 900 people diagnosed with psychosis in the same cities.
Scientists found that daily marijuana users are three times more likely to have a first episode psychosis than people who never were high. The first episode psychosis simply refers to a patient who has experienced a psychotic episode or psychotic symptoms for the first time. For those who used highly effective weeds daily, the likelihood of a first episode episode was five times higher than for non-users.
This research may lead some people to rethink how we see marijuana use. Many federal states have decriminalized the use of recreational herb and more and more people are turning to medicine for medicines. For example, some cancer patients and people with chronic pain may be prescribed marijuana to treat their condition. Dr. Marta Di Forti, co-author of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences at King's College in London, UK, believes that this research should be considered when determining whether cannabis use should be legalized should.
"As the legal status of cannabis is changing in many countries and states and we are considering the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is crucial for public health potential side effects associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency, "Forti said in a statement.
Of course, this study only shows a link between cannabis use and psychosis, not that smoking causes weeds mental illness: However, previous research has shown that cannabis use is associated with consequences such as memory loss, and it's important to remember that smoking weeds is not sure because its long-term effects are still unknown.