May 26, 2023

Study finds marijuana use bad for mental health

 NBC News - New research published this month, involving millions of people worldwide over decades, is adding to worries that heavy use of high-potency cannabis and legalization of recreational weed in many U.S. states could exacerbate the nation's mental health crisis in young adults...

One of the studies, from researchers in Denmark in collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found evidence of an association between cannabis use disorder and schizophrenia. The finding was most striking in young men ages 21-30, but was also seen in women of the same age.  The paper, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, looked at data from almost 7 million men and women in Denmark over the course of a few decades to look for a link between schizophrenia and cannabis use disorder.


Walter Wouk said...

This study proves nothing, as evidenced by the following, "Because research to date has been observational and doesn’t directly prove cause and effect, the connection between marijuana and psychiatric disorders is controversial. The connection is speculative, at best.

joel wendt said...

As someone with 18 years doing grunt work (mental health worker, house manager for troubled youth, and so forth) in the field if mental health, when an MD makes such a diagnosis, as is applied in the cases of schizophrenia, they often are just guessing. In a lot if "cases" we have individuals who are a social problem, at work, at home, or at school, and those realms believe they must be "sick", when all they are is on the edges of the bell curve for being different.

So the MD starts experimenting to gain some behavioral change. When one powerful anti-psychotic doesn't work, they just try another one.

As someone who has direct spiritual experiences, that realm of possibility as an explanation is ignored ... when what might be happening is that the voices are real, but not something the MD has experienced for themselves - in which case you must be "ill".

I am also quite experienced with the Goddess Nature's wonderful psychological medicines. Getting "high", and checking out on a life with a lot of hopelessness in it, might be exactly what young people need. V. Frankl's views on the search for meaning are crucial here