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Cannabis can cause schizophrenia


Marijuana users, beware! Cannabis has been linked with schizophrenia, a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder.


People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear or they may believe that others are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These experiences are terrifying and can cause fearfulness, withdrawal, or extreme agitation.


The link between cannabis and schizophrenia had been since long regarded as a chicken and egg problem, not knowing what caused what. Ten years ago psychiatrists would not have believed that taking cannabis in any form would result in schizophrenia, but today they are inclined to believe it.


Schizophrenia, according to specialists, is an inherited disease but is also detectable in cannabis users, especially if they had been indulged in it at a young age. This was discovered in a long term study of 1,000 children conducted by a group of researchers in New Zealand two years ago. The research showed that those who used cannabis by the age of 15 were more than 3 times as likely to develop illness such as schizophrenia.


The main ingredient of Marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and contains another additional 400 chemicals. Marijuana in all its forms is mind altering, meaning it changes the way the brain works. One of the most commonly abused drugs, marijuana abuse has posed a rather serious problem in the society.

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