Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review : The Lancet

This definitive meta-analysis took place in 2007 and there has been nothing to disprove its findings since....”We conclude that there is now sufficient evidence to warn young people that using cannabis could increase their risk of developing a psychotic illness later in life.”

This is for all young people, it’s an even higher risk for those with a genetic load of family mental illness. This should not be mixed up with discussions of medical marijuana use for ADULTS. Here’ we’re talking about young still growing brains under the age of 25...

via Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review : The Lancet.

3 responses to “Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review : The Lancet

  1. I am so glad you are posting this article! I have told this to my own daughters, and I wish this was common knowledge for all! Kids might not be nearly as eager to try drugs if they knew the serious risks. I’m sure psychosis is alot scarier to them than harming their lungs and having trouble breathing when they are very old. If parents were aware of the dangers, they also might be less accepting of pot use in their kids.

  2. You really should read the study in full. It is peppered with “might”, “could”, “suggests”, etc, etc. The quote from the conclusions that you have selected does not a give an accurate impression of the study at all.

    The risks to mental health from cannabis are very, very, very small, much less than from alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks or even coffee. They are not “serious” at all.

    • This is one of a multitude of studies. Psychiatrists and researchers I respect consider the research as definitive as it gets. On top of it, I’ve seen the connection with my own eyes in my son and have heard the same from dozens of other mothers. As I wrote, this is not to be confused with adult use of pot. The logic is also compelling, why have any teenager mess with his or her brain before it is fully formed?

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