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Marijuana Use Can Up Psychosis Risk

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Long-term use of marijuana can lead to increased risk of developing hallucinations, delusions and psychosis, a new study shows.

Australian researchers asked nearly 3,100 young adults averaging about 20 years of age about marijuana use. They found that almost 18 percent reported using the drug for three or fewer years, about 16 percent for four to five years, and just over 14 percent for six or more years.


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Comment by Jr Hager
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Alcohol-related psychosis is a secondary psychosis with predominant hallucinations occurring in many alcohol-related conditions, including acute intoxication, withdrawal, after a major decrease in alcohol consumption, and alcohol idiosyncratic intoxication. Alcohol is a neurotoxin that affects the brain in a complex manner through prolonged exposure and repeated withdrawal, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Alcohol-related psychosis is often an indication of chronic alcoholism; thus, it is associated with medical, neurological, and psychosocial complications.

Alcohol-related psychosis spontaneously clears with discontinuation of alcohol use and may resume during repeated alcohol exposure. Although distinguishing alcohol-related psychosis from schizophrenia through clinical presentation often is difficult, it is generally accepted that alcohol-related psychosis remits with abstinence, unlike schizophrenia. If persistent psychosis develops, diagnostic confusion can result. Comorbid psychotic disorders, eg, schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder, may exist, resulting in the psychosis being attributed to the wrong etiology.

Comment by Ken Valentine
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 Don't you mean Malum Prohibitum?

Ken V.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Yet another really bad study where correlation is presented as causality; SOP in the drug war's need for justifying propaganda. 

Does marijuana use increase psychotic behavior? Or, are psychotics -- who have often been prescribed drugs for long periods of their life, more attracted to illegal drug use?

Do illegal drug users have a reason to be paranoid?  Only if they wish to avoid draconian prison sentences for a malum in se crime.

Who defines psychotic behavior?