Friday, July 31, 2009

Marijuana may increase risk of psychosis: study

Barry Artiste Op/Ed

For those  who have always maintained Marijuana is a safe drug, certainly shows ignorance on their part, as I have stated many of my first hand experiences on Now Public over the years on Drug Busts, Mary Jane, ain't what everyone touts it to be, notwithstanding the associated criminal aspects, drugs for guns etc.  Marijuana advocates for some strange reason abhor cigarettes as death sticks, as they puff their brains out at their annual Vancouver Library Stoner Fest may now have to keep mum as it shows marijuana can be as deadly if not more deadly in the long run than cigarettes and alchohol.

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Smoking pot may increase the risk for the type of psychosis commonly associated with schizophrenia, and the risk increases with each puff, a new British study reports.

Occasional smokers were 40 per cent more likely to suffer from psychosis, while dedicated tokers who used marijuana daily or weekly increased their risk by 50 to 200 per cent.

According to the findings, however, the risk of developing psychoses remains low. About five in 1,000 people have schizophrenia. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world. According to the 2007 UN World Drug Report, 16.8 per cent of Canadians aged 15 through 64, approximately five million people, smoked pot or used another marijuana product in 2006. "The available evidence now suggests that cannabis is not as harmless as many people think," said Dr. Stanley Zammit, one of the authors of the study, which will be published Friday in the medical journal the Lancet.

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