A new study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics suggests that marijuana use increases the likelihood of developing schizophrenia in the future. These findings support previous research.
The relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia is complicated, and involves multiple factors:
- Genetic susceptibility
- Family history of psychiatric illness
- Abuse as a child
- Age of first marijuana use
- Personal marijuana consumption habits
The study was conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University, using both normal mice and mice who were genetically susceptible to developing schizophrenia. Among those two groups, the genetically-susceptible mice that were exposed to cannabis developed schizophrenia-like symptoms.
The mice were at an age equivalent to human adolescence.
This dovetails with earlier research showing that individuals who were already heavy marijuana users by age 18 were over 600% more likely to develop schizophrenia within the next 15 years.
The public health implications are clear – marijuana can be detrimental to mental health.
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