Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Tue, July, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
Remember how in Reefer Madness, they tried to convince us that cannabis would make us crazy? That, if you chose to indulge in the Devil's Lettuce, you would cackle like a madman and either kill your friends or go off on some sort of sex rampage. Anti-cannabis crusaders have also used the argument that cannabis makes you crazy, with some studies "proving" that cannabis would actually make you crazy. Not until now did anyone think that maybe, possibly, the theory could be reversed.
The connection between cannabis and possibly one of the most frightening of all mind effecting afflictions, schizophrenia, has been disputed for years. While those against weed claim that it's clear that pot makes people crazy, a new study released by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College in London severely deflates the idea that cannabis causes psychosis. In the study, it was shown that a gene related to schizophrenia actually may lead to marijuana use and not the other way around. Robert Power, the man in charge of the study told Reuters in an interview, "We know that cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia. Our Study certainly does not rule this out, but it suggests that there is likely to be an association in the other direction as well - that a pre-disposition to schizophrenia also increases your likelihood of cannabis use."
The official conclusions went as follows; "Although considerable evidence implicates cannabis use as a component cause of schizophrenia, it remains unclear whether this is entirely due to cannabis directly raising risk of psychosis, or whether the same genes that increases psychosis risk may also increase risk of cannabis use. Although directly predicting only a small amount of the variance in cannabis use, these findings suggest that part of the association between schizophrenia and cannabis is due to a shared genetic aetiology."
So basically what this says is that they're not sure what came first, the chicken or the egg? Whether or not marijuana causes psychosis is still unclear. Or perhaps there is something else causing both of the problems. Bottom line is that no one is sure if weed will cause a development of schizophrenia. So the next time that someone tries to use that argument that it does, you can tell them that they shouldn't be so sure.