Smoking Marijuana And The Risks Of Schizophrenia
There is a legitimate and casual link between smoking
If you smoke as a teenager, you are between 2 and 3 times more likely to experience clinical psychosis disorders later in life, and the younger you start smoking, the greater your chance of developing a schizophrenic like disorder.
Secondly, those people who experience a
A causal link to schizophrenia
Researchers have concluded that use is casually linked to the development of schizophrenia, but is not a sole cause, and exists as a component cause amongst many different other factors. Still, after methodologies which examining the data on
Schizophrenia remains a poorly understood disease, and the causes that lead to its emergence remain obscured. Researchers suggest that smoking increases the risks of disease expression on people already vulnerable to contract the disease, but who will not necessarily contract the disease.
This is indicated by those people who do experience a
What seems to be happening though with
If you do have a
The vast majority of smokers will not develop schizophrenia as a result of their use, but if we could somehow eliminate the use of the drug, we would see an almost 10% reduction in the prevalence rates of tragic and life changing schizophrenia.
Scientists working on these studies point to the widespread usage of the drug as a problem, and conclude that we as a society are very unlikely to eliminate the usage any time soon. They conclude that for the best public health effects, at risk youth need to be targeted and hopefully deterred from smoking it.
For a number of reasons, parents need to be very concerned about use by young teens. It seems as though if parents can keep kids from experimenting with the drug until the age of 18, they spare their children an enormous risk to schizophrenia, and these kids are at a far lower chance to ever develop any real substance abuse problems.