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Young people who use high potency ‘skunk’ cannabis daily ‘have psychotic episodes earlier’
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:10 EST, 11 January 2014 | Dan Bloom

Posted on 01/12/2014 5:44:10 PM PST by Olog-hai

Mental illnesses are triggered six years earlier in patients who have smoked high-strength cannabis every day, a study has claimed.

Mental health patients who smoked skunk daily—which has a high amount of the drug’s active ingredient, THC—had their first psychotic episode at an average age of 25, compared to 31 for non-users.

Yet the damage was not limited to heavy smokers or those using powerful cannabis, according to the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.

Mental health patients with a general history of using cannabis still had their first psychotic episodes at 28—three years earlier than those who never tried the drug. …

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: cannabis; choomgang; marijuana; psychosis; skunkweed

1 posted on 01/12/2014 5:44:10 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Stupid people do stupid things.

No excuse for what the WOD has done to erode the constitution.

Kick my door in, you will get shot.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 5:51:27 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Olog-hai

No expert here. But this sounds like typical hysteria.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 5:53:36 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Olog-hai
I have an ill family member and as a result got involved with NAMI in 2006. I am now the State director for a 12-week course called Family-to-Family which has the goal of helping families understand mental illness better and give them communication and problem solving skills. An educated family isle. From teaching this course at least 15 times now, and interacting with hundreds of family members, I am convinced that pot is NOT harmless but does in fact facilitate psychosis in young people.
4 posted on 01/12/2014 5:54:04 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: Olog-hai

"Dude...wait...what?"

5 posted on 01/12/2014 5:54:38 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

Ping.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 6:01:22 PM PST by Parmy
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To: JaguarXKE

At every fatal car crash involving marijuana in Colorado and Washington, a mile 420 marker should be posted. Funny how if a state violates Federal laws regarding abortion or gay marriage, they are censured by the Courts almost immediately. Somehow it is different if they contradict Federal drug laws.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 6:02:11 PM PST by allendale
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To: Olog-hai

Liberals typically suffer psychotic episodes anyway.


8 posted on 01/12/2014 6:06:25 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Olog-hai

Psychotic episodes aka the real Reefer Madness!


9 posted on 01/12/2014 6:07:55 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Kick my door in, you will get shot.

i smell a skunk

10 posted on 01/12/2014 6:10:16 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Olog-hai

....and far more likely to be Obama supporters.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 6:12:25 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: allendale

At every fatal car crash involving marijuana in Colorado and Washington, a mile 420 marker should be posted …
It’d only get stolen. If erected.
12 posted on 01/12/2014 6:13:32 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I’ve seen it with young teenager family members who use pot regularly. Their mental state is damaged.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 6:20:51 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Olog-hai

Skunk strains typically have 10–20% THC and little to no cannabidiol (CBD).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol

Importantly, the skunk strains are also associated strongly with the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, degenerative eye disease that causes severe vision impairment and often blindness.[

A reporter for the London Times, who suffered from advanced RP, attending a cannabis fest on the continent, was shocked to discover a return of visual acuity and night vision, after smoking skunk.

She then discovered that some 4th world fishermen, who fished at night, used skunk to improve their night vision.

Her write up in the Times led to significant research in the use of skunk marijuana against RP. Faced with almost assured blindness, people because quite desperate.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 6:40:16 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: Olog-hai
Young people who use high potency ‘skunk’ cannabis daily ‘have psychotic episodes earlier

...and for years they were saying it was acid that would lead to psychotic episodes.

Who would have guessed pot would lead to refer madness?

15 posted on 01/12/2014 6:55:14 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
No expert here. But this sounds like typical hysteria.

It is.

16 posted on 01/12/2014 6:55:43 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Olog-hai
feh...
17 posted on 01/12/2014 7:20:46 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

I noticed that the media is pushing caffeine pretty hard since Obama became president. Any coincidence?


18 posted on 01/12/2014 7:22:08 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: allendale
It's been legal in WA and CO for over a year. So where is the carnage?

BTW, states with medical marijuana had safer highways according to this study=> Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths

19 posted on 01/12/2014 7:52:26 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I know a gentleman, highly educated whose daughter suffered daily convulsions, after trying all the pharma stuff, all the modern meds did was make her a zombie and did not stop the episodes. An oregon mm doctor gave her a script for pot. It cured her. God can do anything and man’s ways are not His.peace in christ


20 posted on 01/12/2014 8:17:19 PM PST by aces
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To: Olog-hai

“Mental illnesses are triggered six years earlier in patients who have smoked high-strength cannabis every day”

The emphasis - as the actual studies show - is on “every day”.

The issue arises from EARLY & CHRONIC USE that continues from youth into adulthood.

MILLIONS of youth experiment with pot. The overwhelming majority do not do much more than experiment, do not become habitual users, do not become chronic long term users from their youth into adulthood.

Should kids be disuaded from trying pot? Definitly.

But, let’s be clear, among the millions who will try it, most, the majority, will NOT become “pot heads”, in youth or in life.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 8:54:09 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Ken H

Very limited study in states that legalized “medical marijuana’ and no real systemic drug testing of people involved in accidents. Would you trust children driving in a car with a driver who is or had recently smoked marijuana? Perhaps you would.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 9:08:56 PM PST by allendale
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To: Olog-hai
i doubt it
23 posted on 01/12/2014 9:24:51 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: allendale
Very limited study in states that legalized “medical marijuana’ and no real systemic drug testing of people involved in accidents.

So? They found a valid correlation. You can speculate whether there is causality, but it certainly shoots the argument that medical marijuana laws lead to more dangerous highways.

Would you trust children driving in a car with a driver who is or had recently smoked marijuana?

Why, no. Would you trust him if he'd been drinking?

24 posted on 01/12/2014 9:32:30 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: aces

I think Marijuana helps because as it is, the body is in a state where things are entirely different. So the pot helps.

Yet, if the body is originally healthy, the marijuana harms.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 10:06:57 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: dfwgator

26 posted on 01/12/2014 11:00:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

>> as it is, the body is in a state where things are entirely different.

Like... as not is!

Welcome to FR!


27 posted on 01/12/2014 11:40:02 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

Thank you and I’m glad to be here! I love it here!


28 posted on 01/13/2014 12:42:32 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: aces

I would be hesitant to say “cured”, instead of “treated”. There really isn’t a cure for severe seizures, because even if the seizures can be stopped, there may be a dangerous underlying condition, or long term damage from the seizures.

They are making some rather unexpected inroads into frequent seizures, such as the extremely high fat (ketogenic) diet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet


29 posted on 01/13/2014 6:03:17 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: CorporateStepsister

I agree, it is not a magic fix..but is rediculous to jail folks for .


30 posted on 01/13/2014 6:03:39 AM PST by aces
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I am sure there is good and bad to it.., like all things earthly


31 posted on 01/13/2014 2:48:22 PM PST by aces
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To: aces

I am someone biased in favor of its medical use, because I knew a lady with terminal cancer whose life was extended perhaps six months because it permitted her to eat. Often such an extension is enough for the chemo to kick in and destroy the cancer.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 3:17:07 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: Olog-hai
Mental health patients who smoked skunk daily—which has a high amount of the drug’s active ingredient, THC—had their first psychotic episode at an average age of 25, compared to 31 for non-users.

Holy crap! If I DON'T use pot I'll have a psychotic episode!

33 posted on 01/14/2014 4:52:39 AM PST by Wolfie
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