It's awfully embarrassing to see so much confusion surrounding the relationship between cannabis use and psychotic illness, in any of it's many forms, from simple mania to full-blown schizophrenia.
Hopefully this web tour will help. At the end of it you might know:
a) We don't know what mental illness is or what causes it.
b) Statistically speaking, we know that cannabis use does not cause it.
c) Statistically speaking, we know that being a criminal can cause it.
d) We must separate the effects of a drug from the effects of financial and criminal pressures associated with sourcing an illegal substance.
Who's opinion matters? http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/content/7/1/22
Insane? Says who? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenhan_experiment
Cause or Correlation? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation
On the other hand: http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/44/6/22.full
(a third of schizophrenics are left handed, left handed people are three times more likely to use cannabis than right handed. Chicken? Egg?)
Show me the bodies? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19560900
What if they're right? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091022101538.htm
How Schizophrenia is guessed to work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanisms_of_schizophrenia
(World leaders don't like Hemp because it is the only thing that stands between dependence on the state and freedom for all. Historically, mental illness has always been used as an excuse to remove political or business opponents. Remember when Homosexuality was in the DSM?).
♥ C4A ♥
Sunday, 20 March 2011
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