Complex Link Between Marijuana And Psychotic Disorder Intrigues Researchers

July 25th, 2010 - 8:24 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
mariJuly 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists for ages have tried to find out the link between the use of marijuana and psychotic disorders ranging from short term hallucination to long term schizophrenia. While earlier studies have revealed that even healthy people might have short-term psychotic experiences like hallucination and paranoia, some recent works have suggested a complex link between pot smoking and chronic psychotic disorder, schizophrenia. However, the whole connection between pot smoking and schizophrenia is not simply a one way relation in which a person who gets into the habit of smoking marijuana suffers from the disease. It is the complexity of the relationship between the two that is bothering the researchers now.

Studies have found repeatedly that people with schizophrenia are twice more likely to go for pot smoking than people who are unaffected. On the other hand, people who smoke marijuana are twice more likely to develop schizophrenia compared to normal healthy non-smokers. A study back in 2007 pointed out that even smoking marijuana once in a life time can increase the chances of developing schizophrenia by 40%.

Although the study received much popularity and was widely received in the research world, some new facts are questioning the credibility of the finding. While there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who have been inhaling the poisonous smoke, the number of patient reporting schizophrenia in United States have remained the same and possibly declined. The track record has found that out of the total population of United States, 1% people are only affected by schizophrenia while around 70% youth are in the habit of pot smoking.

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