Are you familiar with the term “reefer madness”? Unless you grew up during the 1950s or 1960s or (at some point) watched the hilariously corny PSA film (Reefer Madness), the chances are very slim that you have ever heard this phrase before. After all, once the little green plant called marijuana started to pick up popularity during the 80s and beyond, people started to consider it an alternative form of medicine, not a frightening drug that could turn you into a psychotic killer (as shown in the film we mentioned). However, recent reports may hint at an actual cause for concern. Scientists have started to speculate about whether or not this fragrant herb can induce psychosis as a result of long-term use. Even more interesting, some reports are considering if the drug can go so far as to trigger schizophrenia. So, is this true? Can the plant kickstart one of the most dangerous mental illnesses on the planet? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Marijuana as a Factor for Psychosis
So, first of all, can marijuana trigger psychosis? In short, the answer to this question is “yes” (to a wide extent). Keep in mind that other drugs like alcohol, nicotine, and even caffeine can induce or aggravate types of mental illnesses. By definition, psychosis is a “living dream” filled with sights, sounds, and sensations that others cannot perceive or understand. According to scientific reports, a large number of patients suffering from psychosis will eventually develop schizophrenia.
What about Schizophrenia Itself?
Overall, this question is extremely difficult to answer, despite the recent information. Even scientists who study marijuana are polarized on the subject. Margaret Haney (professor of neurobiology at the Columbia University Medical Center) explains how, in her 25-year career, the subject of marijuana-induced schizophrenia still bewilders researchers.
However, these scientists have agreed that a biological mechanism (of sorts) could serve as a trigger for schizophrenia. During the trimming and “editing” of the prefrontal cortex during the teen years, young adults are undergoing behavioral and physiological changes. Once they consume marijuana, though, the drug immediately interacts with CB1 receptors in the brain. As a result of this premature interruption of the pruning process, schizophrenia may be triggered (in theory).
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
Marijuana may be marketed as an alternative medication, but teenagers and young adults should never indulge in a drug that could potentially warp their minds and bodies. Even as an older adult, you are putting yourself at risk for a possible case of marijuana addiction. Even though the percentage is slim, you could always be that “one person” who suffers from this illness. If you are trying to beat marijuana abuse or have a friend or family member who is coping with this terrible problem, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of rehabilitation to help you separate yourself from these substances.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your marijuana use to the curb.