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Smoking Pot and Schizophrenia

Posted Feb 09 2011 1:38pm
Cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed... the list of names for this plant goes on and on. The headlines also measure up in length for this illicit (in some states) substance.

I'm sure you have heard the headlines about the legalization of marijuana in some states and the massive drug trafficking across the border, but have you heard any recent health-related headlines about marijuana?

Here is one that may just spark your attention
Smoking Pot Linked to Early Onset of Schizophrenia.

According to a recent study published by the Archives of General Psychiatry , people who smoke pot are more likely to develop a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, earlier than people who don’t smoke marijuana.

Researchers looked at 83 studies, totaling over 8,000 participants who had a psychotic illness and used marijuana or other substances. The studies also had 14,000 participants who had a psychotic illness but did not use marijuana.

Researchers found that those who used marijuana were almost three years younger when they developed a psychotic illness. Researchers say that if there is a chance that a person has a predisposition to a psychiatric disorder, drug use could possibly lead to an early psychosis. According to the same study, alcohol use had no influence on the age of onset.
In addition to the effects that marijuana has on the brain, weed can increase your heart rate by 20-100%. This can put you at risk for heart attack and can affect your heart rhythms and, let’s face it folks, smoking anything in general can’t be good for your lungs.

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