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Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis, Suggested By New Study
    #11310321 - 10/24/09 08:17 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Science Daily


Thursday 22 Oct 2009


Last year the UK government reclassified cannabis from a class C to a class B drug, partly out of concerns that cannabis, especially the more potent varieties, may increase the risk of schizophrenia in young people. But the evidence for the relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia or psychosis remains controversial. A new study has determined that it may be necessary to stop thousands of cannabis users in order to prevent a single case of schizophrenia.

Scientists from Bristol, Cambridge and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine took the latest information on numbers of cannabis users, the risk of developing schizophrenia, and the risk that cannabis use causes schizophrenia to estimate how many cannabis users may need to be stopped to prevent one case of schizophrenia. The study found it would be necessary to stop 2800 heavy cannabis users in young men and over 5000 heavy cannabis users in young women to prevent a single case of schizophrenia. Among light cannabis users, those numbers rise to over 10,000 young men and nearly 30,000 young women to prevent one case of schizophrenia.

That's just part of the story. Interventions to prevent cannabis use typically do not succeed for every person who is treated. Depending on how effective an intervention is at preventing cannabis use, it would be necessary to treat even higher numbers of users to achieve the thousands of successful results necessary to prevent a very few cases of schizophrenia.

Matt Hickman, one of the authors of the report recently published in the journal Addiction, said that "preventing cannabis use is important for many reasons -- including reducing tobacco and drug dependence and improving school performance. But our evidence suggests that focusing on schizophrenia may have been misguided. Our research cannot resolve the question whether cannabis causes schizophrenia, but does show that many people need to give up cannabis in order to have an impact on the number of people with schizophrenia. The likely impact of re-classifying cannabis in the UK on schizophrenia or psychosis incidence is very uncertain."

Journal reference:

1. Hickman et al. If cannabis caused schizophrenia-how many cannabis users may need to be prevented in order to prevent one case of schizophrenia? England and Wales calculations. Addiction, 2009; 104 (11): 1856 DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02736.x

Adapted from materials provided by Wiley-Blackwell, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091022101538.htm


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Re: Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis, Suggested By New Study [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11310350 - 10/24/09 08:26 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

i still doubt they will admit their dumb mistakes and amend their lies.


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Re: Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis, Suggested By New Study [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11310546 - 10/24/09 09:48 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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i still doubt they will admit their dumb mistakes and amend their lies.




I think you're right about that.


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Re: Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis, Suggested By New Study [Re: ShroomerRoss]
    #11310765 - 10/24/09 11:28 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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i still doubt they will admit their dumb mistakes and amend their lies.



Seeing as how the ecstacy study that showed monkeys getting brain damage is still used today, even though they gave meth, not MDMA, to the monkeys, I wouldn't be surprised.


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Re: Minimal Relationship Between Cannabis And Schizophrenia Or Psychosis, Suggested By New Study [Re: Le_Canard]
    #11310827 - 10/24/09 11:47 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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ShroomerRoss said:
i still doubt they will admit their dumb mistakes and amend their lies.




I think you're right about that.




It obviously has some affect...The problem is, is that there is the governments side(the one where marijuana leads to murder, rape, etc.) then there is our side where most of the idiots that don't know any better will say nah man marijuana cures that shit! Which isn't true...There is a middle ground and until we find it we'll never get anywhere.

Basically...We'll never get anywhere.


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