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.
Dr. Miller discusses connection between marijuana use and psychosis.
- 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
- Teen marijuana vaping is on the rise, a new report says, threatening to ‘undo years of progress’
- 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.
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.