Cannabis makes students psychotic

August 19, 2010 | by | 8 Comments

Cannabis causes psychotic episodes among students, a new British-led study revealed today.

Experts found that undergraduates who smoke cannabis are more likely to ‘hear voices’ and hallucinate.

Students who regularly smoke the drug are also more at risk of suffering paranoia and delusions, such as believing others can read their mind.

The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Bath, who interviewed students in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Thomas Richardson, of the university’s Mental Health Research and Development Unit, said: ”The study found that those currently using cannabis had higher levels of hallucinatory experiences that those who were not using cannabis.

”More frequent use was related to an increased likelihood of hallucinations, and heavy use also increased the risk of experiencing delusions.

”This suggests that students who move from occasional, perhaps recreational cannabis use to more regular use are more likely to have psychotic experiences.”

The research was based on interviews with 334 students.

Mr Richardson added: ”I must stress the limitations of this research, but nonetheless these findings are important as undergraduate students as a population have very high levels of cannabis use.

”This research suggests that those who use cannabis are more likely to have psychotic experiences, which in the long run may increase the risk of developing a serious mental health problem.

”These results are therefore important for health professionals who work with students.”

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  1. Rick says:

    Define risk in this context exactly, if their claims are at all true in the first place. I have never seen any evidence to support them. 1 in a million i’d say MAY suffer adverse effects.

    Of course alcohol and tobacco and all those legal over the counter drugs turn you into superman! Absolutely disgraceful propaganda.

    Hang on who said that!?

  2. Rick says:

    Define risk in this context exactly, if their claims are at all true in the first place. I have never seen any evidence to support them. 1 in a million i’d say MAY suffer adverse effects.

    Of course alcohol and tobacco and all those legal over the counter drugs turn you into superman! Absolutely disgraceful propaganda.

    Hang on who said that!?

  3. Mike says:

    The probably hallucinate because all the other drugs they are taking. Students who smoke pot are more likely to use mushrooms than students who do not smoke pot. When on mushrooms these students hallucinate and believe people can read their minds. Okay now if we just leave out the part about the mushrooms causing the hallucinations we can link it to pot and help out just cause on our drug wars against pot! Perfect….

  4. Mike says:

    The probably hallucinate because all the other drugs they are taking. Students who smoke pot are more likely to use mushrooms than students who do not smoke pot. When on mushrooms these students hallucinate and believe people can read their minds. Okay now if we just leave out the part about the mushrooms causing the hallucinations we can link it to pot and help out just cause on our drug wars against pot! Perfect….

  5. Becky says:

    This is not true. Before publishing misleading conclusions they should completely rule out other drug use. I've smoked cannbis daily from about the age of 25 till the present (43) with absolutely no side effects or even dependence. I've never tried any other illegal drug.

    I know they're intent on proving the opposite for political reasons, but wouldn't it be nice if they just stopped lying and trying to shock the uninformed, and just legalised it?

  6. Becky says:

    This is not true. Before publishing misleading conclusions they should completely rule out other drug use. I've smoked cannbis daily from about the age of 25 till the present (43) with absolutely no side effects or even dependence. I've never tried any other illegal drug.

    I know they're intent on proving the opposite for political reasons, but wouldn't it be nice if they just stopped lying and trying to shock the uninformed, and just legalised it?

  7. HeatherN says:

    Hmm sounds like these folks have struck gold.

  8. HeatherN says:

    Hmm sounds like these folks have struck gold.

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