Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Harvard: Marijuana Doesn't Cause Schizophrenia

"Good news for people who’ve worried that smoking too much marijuana (cannabis) — especially as a teenager — might lead to some dramatic problems in the future, even schizophrenia.

"New research from Harvard Medical School, in a comparison between families with a history of schizophrenia and those without, finds little support for marijuana use as a cause of schizophrenia.

"The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis." Read the article: Harvard: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Schizophrenia By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 10, 2013

Related articles:

What is schizophrenia? - The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

De novo mutations in schizophrenia implicate chromatin remodeling and support a genetic overlap with autism and intellectual disability - Nature.com Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication 29 April 2014; doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.29

Marijuana Users Have Abnormal Brain Structure and Poor Memory - Drug abuse appears to foster brain changes that resemble schizophrenia. December 16, 2013 | by Marla Paul, Northwestern.edu