"Pot makes you crazy"

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  1. Paracelsus

    Paracelsus Platinum Member & Advisor

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    [SIZE=+2]Pot makes you crazy
    By Phaedra Ellington
    Publication Date: 11/02/06
    Assistant Features Editor


    Marijuana users beware.

    This product may cause hallucinations or psychotic behavior. Users may also experience periods where they believe they are a god.

    Researchers and scientists have been studying the effects of marijuana on the brain for years. Now they are asking themselves a new question.
    Can marijuana usage cause psychosis?

    Some say yes, some say no, but one Purdue researcher says maybe.
    "I'm not an expert in (the cannabis-psychosis link) at all," said Julia Chester, an assistant professor in psychological sciences. "It seems those who have used cannabis or marijuana tend to have more problems with psychosis."

    Psychosis, according to Wikipedia.org, is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state in which thought and perception are severely impaired.

    Psychosis is thought of as a symptom of a mental illness rather than an actual mental illness itself. But psychosis can occur in people who don't have a chronic mental illness as a result of an adverse reaction to drugs or stress.
    Studies show the use of cannabis can increase the risk of developing psychosis later on in life. Studies, however, also show that the increased risk of developing psychosis occurs in the individuals who have a predisposition for developing it.

    "They don't really know what the reason is, but basically all responses to substance abuse are due to individual genetic differences," said Chester.

    Chester said it's possible for long-term smokers to be more at-risk for developing psychosis, especially if the person starts at a young age while the brain is still developing. She said ages 10 to 20 are a critical time when the brain is developing. If a person smokes marijuana, it could effect the connections that are being made.

    "(At these ages) when people smoke marijuana, they kind of retool the wiring. The brain is sensitive to drugs at this time and it can set off changes in the brain that then make the person vulnerable to developing psychosis."
    Marty Green, clinical social and addiction specialist for Counseling and Psychological Services, said there may be other reasons for why marijuana might trigger psychosis.

    "Not necessarily marijuana makes (psychosis) happen ... any number of drugs can trigger that," said Green. "Pot could be laced or mixed with something. Pot is often laced or mixed with other drugs that can trigger a psychotic response."

    Although it's still unclear whether other elements aside from cannabis cause psychosis, both Chester and Green agreed that there is still a lot of research to be done on this topic.

    "There's a lot of interesting information about pot out there; some misinformation, some good," said Green, "however, (marijuana) does an interesting dance in the brain."

    http://www.purdueexponent.com/?module=article&story_id=2719




    [As a side note, almost none of the quotes are exact, look at the brackets. The original statements must have been much different from the text written here.]
     
  2. old hippie 56

    old hippie 56 Gold Member

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    Wonder how much the government paid for this study? Sounds like some more BS.
    But, on the other hand, might be the reason I am crazy..
     
  3. darawk

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    This data has been around for years. It is well known that marijuana can sometimes cause latent psychological illnesses to manifest themselves, and it is also well known that those pre-disposed to mental illness are somewhat more likely to try marijuana. It is NOT known or proven anywhere that marijuana causes mental illness.

    It's just another one of a myriad of cases where the gov. confuses correlation and causality to prove a point for the profit of pharmaceutical profiteers.
     
  4. Akewstick

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    Pot dosen't make you crazy, pot lets you discover The Truth, and knowing the The Truth makes you crazy.
     
  5. Each Hit

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    i saw this movie already. it's called "reefer madness" :)
     
  6. Paracelsus

    Paracelsus Platinum Member & Advisor

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    I should have mentioned that "The Exponent" is a college newspaper and the author probably wrote this to kiss the ass of some ultraconservative professor.
     
  7. dip

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  8. MrG

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    - And a lot of grant money to request.

    Good find and yet another fine example of a load of fucking twaddle. This type of article is often resorted to in the absence of a real story and is used as the equivalent of shark "chum" for the waiting media who can then refer to it as proper research.

    "Pot could be laced or mixed with something. Pot is often laced or mixed with other drugs that can trigger a psychotic response." - WTF? Who's dealer is offering a twofer?
     
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    Great example of truth! :D
     
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    SWIM experienced a scary bud psychosis after a summer filled with weed... basically, I spent his vacation in Mexico in various mexican hospitals freaking out over why everyone was whistling in tune, and where the laughing children were hiding. there was an unusually large amount of airplanes flying close to the ground too.... basically, watch yo back son. It's really "rare" until you're in a psyche ward. BTW, I am fine now... except he was mentally insane for about 4 weeks after his abrupt discontinuation of weed.
     
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    it only makes u go crazy if u choose 2 go crazy like me
     
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    "Smoking Marijuana at a young age can retool the brain..." Yes then we get free thinkers instead of tools that have been brainwashed to spout shit out a hole in thier heads.
     
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    having no weed makes me go crazy :D


    Only after a few fat lines of ketamine


    This whole report is nothin but bullshit. No one mixes weed with other drugs as weed is 1 of the cheepest availible. ppl cut it with sand and glass tho.
    Dam swim hates the government.
     
  15. oldfart

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    Hey rather than crying about it here.. Do what i did and send your opinions to [email protected] about the article heres what I wrote.

    You need to tell the reporter to cease the heroine use before writing a story. 96% of the story was pure fantasy and propoganda. The editor that allowed the (I will equate it to bullshit on a stick) crap should be Hung Drwan and Quartered. Way to go with helping to keep the poor idiots of the country in line.
     
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