March 3, 2011

The Biggest News This Week: Marijuana Messes Up Your Brain?

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The Following is an article from CBS News that reports on the rush of findings that marijuana use may lead to "psychosis" such as schizophrenia. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people smoke marijuana everyday. So this is big news.

The problem is psychosis is "such a complex" issue, as the article states. Many researches doubt such claims. Marijuana being illegal throws a wrench our ability to discover anything useful about the affect of marijuana on society.

'According to a 10-year European study of adolescents and young adults, smoking pot doubled the risk of later having psychotic symptoms. Dutch researchers working in Germany did their best to weed out those who had psychotic symptoms before the study in an effort to remove kids who might be self-medicating with marijuana, said Reuters.

The findings echo previous research, including a 2010 Australian study which also found a doubled risk of psychotic symptoms for young people smoking six years or more.

"It's important to remember that psychosis is a very complex bio-psycho-social phenomenon," Peter Kinderman, clinical psychology professor from the University of Liverpool, told Reuters.
"But this important paper certainly reminds us that there's a strong link to the use of cannabis." '- CBSNew.com

Whether or not you believe this information it's important for everyone to have access to reports like this. Smoking marijuana is lifestyle choice, but it's also a health choice. One we don't know much about by modern standards.

What we do know is that cannabis has been with us for millions of years and it will likely always be a large part of our culture. It's our job to improve our relationship with it, and learn more about what it really is.




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