Marijuana Use in Young People & Schizophrenia

By July 1, 2017News/Info

Marijuana by far is the most commonly used illegal drug. particularly in young people. Based on data from 2013-2014, researchers have found that people who use marijuana in their teens have a greater risk of trying other illegal drugs later in life.

Researchers have been watching trends in drug use lately because of the health risks associated. If you’ve watched the news at all recently, you probably have heard the US is facing a serious opioid epidemic. Many people think of marijuana as relatively harmless, but a new study has found that marijuana use in young people may be a trigger for schizophrenia, a mental disorder that typically reveals symptoms before the age 30. Over 3 million people over the age 18 in the U.S. have schizophrenia.

The study was conducted on mice and researchers used four categories: genetically susceptible and exposed to cannabis, genetically susceptible and not exposed to cannabis, genetically intact and exposed to cannabis, and genetically intact and not exposed to cannabis. Tests and analyses determined that only the genetically susceptible mice developed behavioral and biochemical brain pathologies mimicking the first episode of schizophrenia.

Not everyone believes the results of the study, however. Since the study was conducted on mice, and not humans, it’s hard to say if the results would be the same in humans. We also know that marijuana has therapeutic benefits and can help relieve anxiety and chronic pain.

Despite the benefits, if you are young and your family has a history of mental illness, you may want to consider the long term effects of daily marijuana use.