Is there a relationship between Cannabis and psychosis? After thoroughly researching Cannabis, my son, Darrell, decided it was safe to use. My recent studies also indicate the majority of people are not adversely affected by Cannabis. However, there is a population sector whose brains respond to Cannabis with psychotic episodes.
Cannabis and psychosis – Risks
Although the reasonable use of Cannabis seems to be safe for most people, there are risks using it because there is no way to know for certain if you are among the minority who respond to Cannabis with psychosis.
Although Darrell hasn’t used Cannabis for four years, he did use it recreationally for over a year. Darrell told me that he enjoyed the therapeutic properties of Cannabis because it calmed his nerves and helped him relax.
Looking back, I now understand, Darrell was self-medicating the depression and anxiety afflicting him. I suppose we won’t know 100% for certain if Cannabis was instrumental in the downward spiral of his mental health, but Darrell and I believe it was.
Testimonial of Adrianne Roberts – Cannabis and psychosis relationship
Adrianne Roberts shares her personal story that Cannabis caused psychotic episodes leading to the development of schizophrenia. There was no question there was a relationship between Cannabis and psychosis for Adrianne. Here is a link to her story:
TEDX Talk, “Lost in Reality: Hearing Voices”, YouTube, Adrianne Roberts, March 3, 2016, 7:44 minutes.
FYI, there are quite a few people online sharing their testimonies of the certain relationship between Cannabis and psychosis.
Legalization of Marijuana
One of my son’s therapists told Darrell and me that marijuana is not as harmless as the majority say it is. I think the difficulties Darrell has endured mentally have made him consider the risks involved with marijuana more carefully. He mentioned he currently does not support the legalization of it.
Testimonials of doctors
Dr. Daniel Amen states that marijuana is not good for the brain. Below is an image of a healthy brain versus a brain affected by marijuana that supports Dr. Amen’s statement. When I saw this image, I became convinced marijuana is NOT as harmless as many claim.
Psychosis and Cannabis statement by Dr. Kwane McKenzie
Here is a video published by Portico Network, “Psychosis and Cannabis”, YouTube, Dr. Kwane McKenzie, July 10, 2014, 3:30 minutes. I suggest watching it to hear Dr. McKenzie’s view on this subject.
After observing the hell my son has endured because of psychosis, I would suggest there are definitely risks involved using Cannabis for recreational purposes.
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