Is weed bad for you? Is it really linked to mental illness and other negative outcomes? I enlisted the help of long-time schizophrenia researcher, Dr. Christine Miller, and, together, we wrote Q & A’s relevant to Americans today. Referencing the story when appropriate, our frank answers include the latest science with the most up-to-date citations. The educational toolkit is delivered as a PDF download.
(Excerpt From Toolkit)
Sample of a comment with (partial) answer:
“I did it when I was young and I’m fine.”
Marijuana potency has increased greatly; therefore, the risks for psychosis and adult schizophrenia has increased by 4-5 times.
The risk of other negative outcomes increases with use, especially when used by a person under the age of 26.
It is very common for parents to assume marijuana is much the same as it was for them. This is not true: marijuana potency has risen greatly in the last 25 years. Because of this, the risks are exponentially higher.
A Night In Jail depicts the story of a person who is sensitive to the negative effects of low potency marijuana, at about 5% THC. Although we don’t know ahead of time who will suffer negative effects on low-to-moderate doses of THC, studies show about 12-15% of users will have a psychotic experience.
However, today’s marijuana is much stronger. Because of this, more people are at risk to experience psychosis and schizophrenia. So much so, the high potency products have raised the risk for a psychotic experience by 4 – 5 times that of nonusers.