Marijuana and Mental Illness Research
"If I knew marijuana would make me go crazy I never would have tried it." - K. Anderson, co-author of A Night In Jail
Because pot is being legalized in more and more states, many young people assume it must be safe. However, when used by people whose brains are still developing (up to age 25) there are several risks, one of which is developing a mental illness. Recent studies have shown this vulnerability, and the tragic correlation is starkly illustrated by the life of my brother, K. Articles, websites, and videos, like the ones below, inspired my brother and me to bring his story to the public.
Two minute video: Anne Hassel used to work at a marijuana dispensary. She was a true believer in the plant as medicine and wanted to help others. She became a "budtender". Shortly after working in the dispensary, Anne became addicted to the new high potency products and suffered severe psychological effects. (To hear more about Anne's experiences, follow her on the app Rumbl).
This psychiatrist explains how the marijuana industry refuses to acknowledge the dangerous effects of its drug. He discusses the association between youth use of cannabis and psychosis, schizophrenia and suicide. He discusses the evidence which is contrary to what many people believe about causality.
MOST UP -TO -DATE RESEARCH (from 2018) ON SUBSTANCES AND MENTAL HEALTH IN THE U.S.
Coverage of marijuana begins at 22:00. The data shows an overall decline of drug use except for marijuana.
Kalie Guse' was in a cannabis-psychotic state. She thought things were happening which were not. Afraid, she left her home and hasn't been seen since.
- Experts warn vaping may raise young Americans' coronavirus risks
- Single cannabis joint linked with temporary psychiatric symptoms
- Will Legalization and Commercialization of Cannabis Use Increase the Incidence and Prevalence of Psychosis?
- Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Toolkit
- FULL TEXT FROM SURGEON GENERAL WARNING (Scroll most of the way down the article to find this: "Marijuana use is also linked to risk for and early onset of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia...Marijuana’s increasingly widespread availability in multiple and highly potent forms, coupled with a false and dangerous perception of safety among youth, merits a nationwide call to action. ")
- Is marijuana linked to psychosis, schizophrenia? It's contentious, but doctors, feds say yes
- Association of Cannabis Use in Adolescence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidality in Young Adulthood
- NHS opens first ever cannabis clinic as mind-altering 'skunk' fuels psychosis among users
- Before Maryland legalizes marijuana it should consider this: Pot is linked to psychosis
- Teen pot smoking raises risk of depression in adulthood, study finds
- Teen Brain Volume Changes with Small Amount of Cannabis Use
- Marijuana Is Way More Dangerous to Teens than Alcohol, According to Study
- What do we know about the link between cannabis and psychosis?
- Superskunk schizophrenia timebomb
- American College of Pediatricians examines the negative effects of marijuana on youth
- High Percentage Of Youth Suicides In Colorado Involve Marijuana
- Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults
Parents Opposed to Pot. The cannabis grown and sold today is not same drug as was available in the 1970s. The average THC has increased to more than 15%. Cannabis issue can clearly lead to addiction. The damage to the brain from chronic use is worse compared with chronic use of heroin. Among the negative effects of long-term cannabis use in adolescence include neuro-psychological dysfunction, decline in IQ, short memory, among others.
Smart Approaches to Marijuana. We are professionals working in mental health and public health. We are bipartisan. We are medical doctors, lawmakers, treatment providers, preventionists, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who seek a middle road between incarceration and legalization. Our commonsense, third-way approach to marijuana policy is based on reputable science and sound principles of public health and safety.
Moms Strong is a support group partnering to inform and educate those harmed by marijuana. We are not funded by industry or the government, rather by parents as we hope to spread awareness and prevent tragedies like we’ve experienced.
Smart Colorado recently traveled to California and Nevada to photograph adult-use marijuana products for their THCPhotos.org initiative. Their site is to used to help educate that marijuana is not just a plant. Smart Colorado says: "It is time to end the practice of illustrating all marijuana related-news stories and educational materials with the same overused photos of a marijuana plant. The public deserves to be informed about the wide variety of products and the THC potencies sold in legal adult-use marijuana markets. This collection of photographs also illustrates that, as of 2020, there is no consensus on health and safety laws regarding adult-use marijuana. State laws differ on individual serving sizes of THC, total THC limits, packaging, wrapping, and marking of products." While in California and Nevada, Smart Colorado obtained 25mg THC tablets and a 500mg THC mouth spray, both products that would be illegal in Colorado's adult-use market.
Stop Teen Suicide by THC! Johnny's Ambassadors works to educate parents and teens about the dangers of dabbing high-potency marijuana extracts and their impact on adolescent brain formation, mental health, and teen suicide.
The Award-Winning film, The Other Side of Cannabis: Negative Effects of Marijuana on Our Youth, will help you to understand today’s marijuana through interviews with researchers and other professionals, as well as individuals whose lives were negatively impacted by this drug.
Storytelling in Prevention Education
Storytelling Changes Attitudes and Behaviors
"Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on just how stories change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors."
Drama Therapy: excitement without drugs, enhancing self-esteem for people with addictions
What if one key could...turn a young woman away from substance abuse...There is perhaps not one key, but there may be one set of keys: drama therapy. Drama can provide excitement without drugs and offer a new interest and skills...Ultimately, drama therapy can enhance positive self-image, self-esteem and self-discipline among people struggling with addictions.
Performance is beneficial to both participants and audiences
Performance is very captivating and beneficial to both participants and audiences...The development and practice of these characteristics along with others make for resilient youth, better able to withstand problems that can lead to substance abuse. But audiences can benefit as well, by being exposed to the accomplishments of young people, by learning more about substance abuse, and perhaps by participating in some solution building. The organization benefits through using performance to accomplish its goals and ultimately, the whole community can become a safer, more supportive environment.
Drama is effective for prevention education and motivation
Drama incorporates a component of emotional response to the informational content, and the combination of emotion and information works together to promote individual intentions to become more involved in family and community prevention activities. This study demonstrates the efficacy of drama as a mechanism to educate and motivate.
Increases intention to not use drugs for students aged 14-15
...a promising way of increasing the intention to not use illegal drugs.