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Pot-Smoking And the
Schizophrenia Connection

Wall Street Journal, by Dr. Samuel T. Wilkinson M.D.

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Posted By:tisHimself, 7/2/2013 6:46:01 AM

Recent legislation has permitted the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. Those who support legalization often tout the lack of serious medical consequences associated with the drug. Most of us know people who used marijuana in high school or college and seem to have suffered no significant medical consequences. As the medical and scientific literature continues to accumulate, however, it is becoming clearer that the claim that marijuana is medically harmless is false. There is a significant and consistent relationship between marijuana use and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 7/2/2013 7:09:26 AM     (No. 9404756)

Forty years ago, I knew three young men -both top if class in separate high schools.
They went to top schools, smoked marijuana and had psychotic incidents that landed them in hospital.
One never recovered.
One finished school -but survived on his trust fund.
Not certain what happened to third.
There is also a link between older fathers and schizophrenia.
Think key is genetic predisposition-just like the Aids study in UK where one gay man did not get it and all his friends died. He was able to trace his lineage back to the great plague which gave him some sort of immunity.
SOTOS funds the legalization movement.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jinx, 7/2/2013 7:39:34 AM     (No. 9404798)

Barry Obama smoked pot during his teenage years in high school and college. Maybe he is on the edge of that chasm and that is the reason he can´t function as President.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bedub, 7/2/2013 8:27:32 AM     (No. 9404872)

my son smoked pot. my son became schizophrenic. ´nuff said.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grambo, 7/2/2013 8:28:20 AM     (No. 9404876)

Many people use a mind altering substance with the assumption that the alteration is short lived and reversible. Sometimes, perhaps often, it is neither, although that isn’t immediately apparent.

Oddly, sentient people who would never consider messing with the circuitry of their computer, or the working of their car’s brakes, or the like, will happily alter their mind on the assumption that in the morning it will have popped right back the way it was.

Sadly, not always so.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: skedaddle, 7/2/2013 8:57:47 AM     (No. 9404917)

I´m very sorry to #1 and #3 but I´ve known over 20 people who smoked pot (5 smoked daily) and none of them have any mental health issues, much less schizophrenia. One quit on their own after 30 years of heavy pot smoking and the others lessened their usage with age. ´nuff said

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cheese, 7/2/2013 9:08:17 AM     (No. 9404935)

#5, perhaps you should have read the article before posting a reply.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: civilservant, 7/2/2013 9:15:09 AM     (No. 9404949)

Well, lessee there #6........read the article.........according to the Lancet, the USA killed almost half a million Iraqi´s...so that ´source´ is questionable at best....and the Journal of Psychiatry? Nah, no agenda there.........not like they´d get PAID by the NHS to ´treat´ these ´heads.......

Frankly, I know FAR more people who were normal as the day is long before High School and College and THEIR Schizophrenia was fostered, promoted and nurtured by LIBERALISM. And we are talking real scary schizo´s.......screaming, truly beleiving in the fantasy world in their heads, refusing to accept reality......


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/2/2013 9:41:42 AM     (No. 9405008)

Thanks for that info on older fathers, #1. I have a half sister who was born of a second marriage to a much younger woman when my father was in his 50´s. She is schizophrenic with a heavy dash of OCD, among other things. I think there were a lot of other factors, but the older father factor could definitely be part of it.

The younger generation of my family has numerous pot smokers in it. I´m sending this article to all of them.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: gaeditor, 7/2/2013 4:44:25 PM     (No. 9405790)

#3, so sorry to hear that. Schizophrenia is a tragic disease. We have a friend we have known for over 30 years, who constantly smoked pot when he was younger. Developed schizophrenia about three years ago.

No family member had any mental problems that they knew of. The only reason seems to be the pot smoking.

So sad, he was the best carpenter I have ever seen and literally an artist with wood. Now he just can´t work anymore. It is so tragic.

Sadly, this Doctor is right. There is simply no one around who will advocate for these people, who are often left homeless, suffering terribly and who are virtually ignored by anyone but their families.

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