A lot of us started toking at an early age. As such, we were doping our dopamine with THC before our brain had fully matured. It’s that premise Dr. James Kennedy, director of the neuroscience research department at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), uses to state: “The research I’ve done is on the use of marijuana and schizophrenia. (That research) and research done by other groups over the past ten years is progressively showing that the use of marijuana in the teen years increases the severity of and lowers the age of onset of schizophrenia.” Well then, lets get into this. Does cannabis cause psychosis?
First, lets give our readers a quick introduction to what psychosis means. “Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, usually including false beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) and seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations).” Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s turn to the good doctor (ironic since I have a drug dealer that calls himself that).
Vulnerable teens who smoke “up” regularly (several times a week) may be at risk for what’s known as a psychotic break: “The young person will start to have trouble with social relationships, become more isolated due to paranoia, suspiciousness and strange ideas,” explains Dr. Kennedy. They may think they have special communications coming to them through channels such as the TV, they may exhibit increased religiosity, and they may hear voices outside their head, some of which may command them to act out.
As I read the Toronto Sun’s post, I couldn’t shake the feeling of deja vu. Then, I got to the above paragraph and it all started to make sense. As someone that experimented with hallucinogenic narcotics between the ages of 12-20, I experienced all of the above characteristics. My sister, who did not experiment at all, ALSO experienced those characteristics. In some families, we call this PUBERTY.
I don’t think it’s very healthy or safe to experiment with narcotics or alcohol during the developmental stage of your body’s growth. Your mind is being molded as well, and drugs have a tendency to fuck that up. Sometimes, though, teenagers are so messed up by the changes in their bodies and brains they need a little something to take the edge off. I think it’s in everyone’s best interest if that “little something” were cannabis rather than alcohol or something else.
Hooch has long-term side effects too, and they can also make you dead. Cannabis can’t do that–regardless of studies of studies about cars. Maybe my thinking on this matter is simply irrational and psychotic. I don’t know. I’m stoned and old.
Any teenage high school student will realize toking up every day is antithetical to a fulfilling and enjoyable life. All they have to do is ask bloggers.
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