Skip to comments.Daily pot tied to age of first psychotic episode
Posted on 01/10/2014 1:06:19 PM PST by Phillyred
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder, according to UK researchers. "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders," Dr. Marta Di Forti, who led the research at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College, said in an email. Among more than 400 people in South London admitted to hospitals with a diagnosed psychotic episode, the study team found the heaviest smokers of high-potency cannabis averaged about six years younger than patients who had not been smoking pot. Psychosis is a general term for a loss of reality, and is associated with several psychiatric diseases, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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Hey, it’s 4:00 in the afternoon. You should get out of bed and read this.
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist)
Correlation, but not causation.
In my experience a majority of drug users would appear to be mentally unbalanced individuals that are “self-medicating”. If your life is so screwed up that you jump at the chance to drug yourself insensate on a daily basis, if you’re apt to do anything that will help you forget who you are or where you are, then chances are you’re the kind of person that would be messed up whether you’d ever touched drugs or not.
My former business partner tried pot once and had a psychotic fit that left him in bed with hallucinations for three days. (I’m pretty sure it was mild stuff. I was at the start of the same party and the New Yorkers were okay the next day.)He later went crazy. But I think he had a good head start. But he told me he’d never had pot before or since. That, I believe. So, just once is enough if you’re already on the edge. Problem is, you won’t know how far away the edge is until too late.
There is nothing the statists want more than an electorate that is both dumbed down AND addled=brained from smoking marijuana.
The real Reefer Madness.
I find it amazing that the same group that demonizes cigs condones weed.
Do cigs cause psychotic episodes?
Pot smoking has become like homosexuality. “Experts” all around tell us it is perfectly normal and healthy, despite what your own eyes tell you.
I have argued with so many now who argue that they know all kinds of daily pot-smokers who are clean cut professionals holding jobs as doctors, laywers, engineers, etc... etc...
Like you, my own eyes tell me that daily pot smokers simply become losers who find it difficult to work, can not keep relationships and family, with ever-declining health.
Legalization and all this nonsense go along with:
The percentage of Americans identifying as liberal ticked up to a new record high, according to a new poll released Friday.
The new Gallup poll found that 23 percent of Americans identify as liberals, the highest number since Gallup started asking the question in its current form in 1992.
Every pothead online ‘knows’ people that use that are millionaires. Every single one. They themselves may never work, but dammit they know tons that do!
It truly is a very serious delusion and goes along with my previous post. As pot usage goes up this country will go more democrat by leaps and bounds.
I've had the same conversations, but they never give names of specific people. It's cheap talk.
Speaking of delusions, what’s most exasperating about dopeheads, is that while their minds have become so slooow, with conversations constantly peppered with endless “uh..uh...uh’s,” they are convinced... absolutely convinced... that they have some kind of astonishing intellectual superiority.
Torpid minds and bodies. Perfect for a compliant populace of wastrels and layabouts. America just keeps sinking further and further into the abyss.
Makes ya lazy, forgetful, and nowadays, broke.
The drug changes their brain chemistry for a long time and they think it’s great and that they truly are smarter and more caring for using it.
I knew one person who used it for 6 months constantly and then quit and realized how bad off they were and how much better they could think and function after 3 or 4 months off it. But while they were on it they thought they were the top sh!t.
It’s very rare to find one that’s used and stopped long enough to realize it only makes them worse. Mostly people just don’t care about anything right now. The contrary is in an incredible malaise and liberaltarians rule during those times.
Only when one runs out...
So the study asked particpants about weed, booze and other drug use, but the linked article correlated only to the use of pot.
Seems booze and other drugs might be a couple of relatively important variables to look into.
As would history of mental illness in the families of the participants.
Maybe it’s in the study and just not mentioned in the article?
I’ve saw it one time when I hid them from my mother when I was about 11 years old. I will NEVER do that again!!!
A year ago Fox News hosted pro legalization Pot types. One anti pot legalization rep was a lawyer. He simply stated that states that legalize pot, his law firm will wait five years and sue the pot growers/sellers for damage in the same manner the tobacco industry was sued and fined. Give it time when a family of a pot smoker whose brains are fried by the legal pot will sue for damage.
If and when we ban pot and make it illegal ,, the world will be a better place. . .
As pot usage goes up this country will go more democrat by leaps and bounds.
The data at the link suggests that by the time on is 35, most have given up on pot (3.4% of the population using), while the same age group is binge drinking (18.9%) at about 6 times the percentage of the pot users.
With scarce resources, which group should we be focusing on?
That probably found more long term chronic heavy pot users to report on than long term chronic heavy alcohol users, because the pot users were still alive.
Thank you for your service. But your experience of being attacked by the furniture may have just been the furniture having a good laugh on you. They do that sometimes...What? Yeah, it’s a .30 caliber with a folding stock. No, I don’t hate my mother. Why?
DON’T LISTEN TO HIM GEN.! ... It’s the same voice that keeps screaming at me to clean and load my guns!
I am impressed you can read a clock. Better be careful though, clocks report facts, not ignorant opinions.
I grew up poor and now rub shoulders with some of the wealthiest people in the Northeast due to my profession. Some were born into it but about half earned their wealth.
Without a doubt the greatest consumers of pot are the very rich. Go into a Manhattan boutique building on a weekend night and you'll smell at least one smoker on almost every floor. There are pot delivery guys all over the city and they know the doormen very well.
Poor people can't afford that much and middle class tax slaves have zero time to consume it.
Inhaling tobacco smoke into your lungs and then exhaling has been deemed by the experts to be pure evil.
Inhaling marijuana smoke into your lungs and then holding it there has been deemed by the experts as `whatever’.
So what gives? Smoke is smoke and is always a threat to the pulmonary system. Ask any fireman.
Makes me wonder why I didn’t go psychotic.
Very well put. I know a lot of people at MIT that partake. Often.
“Do cigs cause psychotic episodes?”
Schizophrenics and other mentally ill are several times more likely to be tobacco smokers than the general population.
So by using the same logic as this study, yes, tobacco is “tied” to mental illness and “may” cause it.
It can’t be the fact that the mentally ill are far more likely to engage in risky behaviors and seek altered moods. The dang plants did it!
You never know how far away that edge is...
That’s because you are STANDING on it.