A link between marijuana use and mental illness?

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HOUSTON, TX – With legalized marijuana use making its way across the U.S., it seems like the whole country is going to pot. And if that’s making you crazy, there could be a good reason. A study in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry says there’s link between pot use and schizophrenia.

“If you use a hallucinogenic drug, you can bring out, in certain people, the kind of psychotic qualities – delusions, people hear voices, they see things,” Baylor College of Medicine psychiatrist Richard Pesikoff says,”and sometimes they don’t recover from that.”

A study of more than 2,000 people showed a common genome shared between chronic pot smokers and those with schizophrenia. What researchers don’t know is whether that means marijuana users are more likely to develop schizophrenia, or schizophrenics are more likely to develop a pot habit.

“Which comes first the chicken or the egg?” Pesikoff says, “and it seems that both situations exist.”

In the end, it may turn out that our grandparents were right about marijuana all along.



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