What the Science Actually Says About Marijuana

Cases of psychosis are increasing since marijuana has become available over-the-counter. This was predicted. Psychotic symptoms may include auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, or other odd, disorganized thoughts and behavior.

A delusion is a fixed, false belief and may be bizarre or plausible, like being convinced that your parents have been replaced by space aliens or that your boyfriend is cheating on you.

The increased occurrence of psychotic illness in marijuana users was noted in psychiatric clinical literature many years ago. Some of these studies were verified through replication. Today, the availability of powerful hybrid strains, the concurrent use of energy drinks, or psychostimulant drugs and medications can increase this risk. Psychosis is not a good thing. There is no guarantee the person will respond to treatment with antipsychotic medicines.

Scientific findings suggest a 3-fold increase in the frequency of psychotic illness among users of marijuana. Read more…

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