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Smoking just one cannabis joint raises danger of mental illness by 40%


July 27, 2007 - Posted by | News You Can Use


  1. Please note, this was a govenment funded study. Then remember, there weren’t any WMDs. Take this study with a grain of salt.

    Comment by helenl | July 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Helen, I know what you mean. All of those global warming studies are too. Makes you wonder.


    Comment by Paul | July 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. If a man fell to the ground and began to convulse and foam at the mouth would you say he had epilepsy or an unclean spirit?


    General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
    The 1999 U.S. Institute of Medicine Report Marijuana and Medicine, Assessing the Science Base concludes on page 108:

    “The psychological effects of cannabinoids, such as anxiety reduction, sedation, and euphoria, can influence their potential therapeutic value.

    Those effects are potentially undesirable in some patients and situations and beneficial in others. In addition, psychological effects can complicate the interpretation of other aspects of the drug’s effect.”
    (3/99) Institute of Medicine

    PRO (YES)

    The American Journal of Psychiatry noted in a December 2001 article by Gregory B. Bovasso, Ph.D. titled “Cannabis Abuse as a Risk Factor for Depressive Symptoms” (Volume 158, pp.2033-2037):

    “In participants with no baseline depressive symptoms, those with a diagnosis of cannabis abuse at baseline were four times more likely than those with no cannabis abuse diagnosis to have depressive symptoms at the follow-up assessment, after adjusting for age, gender, antisocial symptoms, and other baseline covariates.

    In particular, these participants were more likely to have experienced suicidal ideation and anhedonia during the follow-up period.

    Among the participants who had no diagnosis of cannabis abuse at baseline, depressive symptoms at baseline failed to significantly predict cannabis abuse at the follow-up assessment.”
    (12/01) American Journal of Psychiatry


    The British Medical Journal reported in an 11/23/02 article by George Patton, M.D. et al., “Cannabis Use and Mental Health in Young People: Cohort Study” (Vol. 325, pp. 1195-1198):

    “Daily [cannabis] use in young women was associated with an over fivefold increase in the odds of reporting a state of depression and anxiety after adjustment…

    Weekly or more frequent cannabis use in teenagers predicted an approximately twofold increase in risk for later depression and anxiety…

    The prevalence of depression and anxiety increased with higher extents of cannabis use, but this pattern was clearest in female participants.”
    (11/23/02) British Medical Journal


    Thomas Edward Radecki, M.D., J.D. states on his website, as of 3/9/06:

    “Depression is a common side-effect of smoking marijuana. The evidence of a cause-effect relationship is very solid….

    I have seen dozens and dozens of patients who have become seriously mentally ill thanks to the brain damage caused by marijuana. It is a major cause of depression and schizophrenia in our society as well as a factor in preventing our psychiatric treatments from working effectively.

    It changes the personality, damages the memory, seriously impairs school performance, and causes auto crashes and death for far too many individuals.”
    (3/9/06) Thomas Radecki


    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) notes in its 5/3/05 website article “Marijuana and Mental Health”:

    “There is an increased risk of depression, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia as a result of marijuana use, even among people with no prior history of a disorder….

    Recent evidence suggests that some people’s genetic make-up may predispose them to be particularly vulnerable to the effects of marijuana on mental health.”
    (5/3/05) Office of National Drug Control Policy

    CON (NO)

    Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., noted in an 11/17/05 press release :

    “Not only does marijuana not cause depression, it looks like it may actually alleviate it…

    Those who use marijuana to battle the symptoms of illness may be depressed because of their illness, not because of marijuana. Studies that do not identify medical use might falsely implicate marijuana, rather than sickness, as the cause of depressed feelings…

    Thirty percent to 40% of patients with bipolar disorder are not consistently helped by or cannot tolerate standard medications. In the course of the authors’ studies of the medical uses of cannabis (Grinspoon & Bakalar 1997), a number of sufferers were discovered who believed marihuana to be more effective than conventional anti-manic drugs, or who used it to relieve the side effects of lithium.”
    (11/17/05) Mitch Earleywine


    Journal of Psychoactive Drugs noted in an April 1998 article by Psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon, M.D. (Volume 30 (2), pp. 171-177):

    “Thirty percent to 40% of patients with bipolar disorder are not consistently helped by or cannot tolerate standard medications. In the course of the authors’ studies of the medical uses of cannabis (Grinspoon & Bakalar 1997), a number of sufferers were discovered who believed marihuana to be more effective than conventional anti-manic drugs, or who used it to relieve the side effects of lithium.”
    (4/98) Journal of Psychoactive Drugs


    Ethan Russo, M.D., wrote in the December 2002 issue of Cannabis Health (Vol. 1, No. 1, Page 12):

    “A surprising number of people so afflicted [with bi-polar disorder] have independently made the discovery that cannabis has improved their conditions, whether the mania or depression. It may also reduce side effects of other drugs used in its treatment, such as Lithium, Carbamazepine (Tegretol) or Valproate (Depakote).

    No doubt, cannabis is affecting the balance of neurotransmitters that are at the basis for this disorder.

    Endocannabinoids seem to be intimately involved in emotional regulation mechanisms in the limbic system. Because THC and other chemicals in cannabis mimic our own internal biochemistry, they may help replace what is missing.”
    (12/02) Ethan Russo


    Bill Zimmerman, Ph.D., wrote in his 1998 book Is Marijuana The Right Medicine For You? A Factual Guide to Medical Uses of Marijuana on page 139:

    “Using marijuana to treat mood disorders can be very tricky. Since active mood disorders often warp one’s observational skills, reports by patients about marijuana lifting them out of depression are inherently unreliable.

    If you intend to use marijuana for this purpose, it is very important that you thoroughly discuss it with your doctor. Patients who respond well report that marijuana not only diminishes their undesirable moods, it also motivates them to productivity.

    For some of these patients, depression was a by-product of a debilitating disease or illness for which marijuana provided a welcome remedy. For others, the marijuana seems to have acted directly on the depression.”
    (1998) Bill Zimmerman

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 27, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thank you for the info, Voice!

    I think the only thing that can be possibly related to this from a scriptural viewpoint is that God indicates that he doesn’t want our minds controlled by substances, rather the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

    He also warns us about the effects of drunkeness–something that even today’s psychologists recognize tends to release inhibitions (the OLD nature?). Of course I am by no means an expert, but I have been told by friends that cannabis tends to do the same thing in individuals.

    1Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

    Any more info on this topic is welcome!


    Comment by bereans | July 27, 2007 | Reply

  5. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

    Comment by Voice of Reason | July 28, 2007 | Reply

  6. Contrary to the remark that ” God does not want our minds
    altered by subtances”, I will remind you that any subtance whether it be food or even oxygen can produce an “altered” effect on the mind and/or body. The bottom line is that all clean things in moderation and responsible application are beneficial.Likewise our Creator has provided through the bounty of Mother Earth and His Holy Spirit all things needed
    for Human-kind. Our very thoughts and emotions “alter” our minds and can effect our health. Let’s remember that in an unhealthy state, alteration is actually desired. However if anyone thinks that cannabis or any other subtance alone is going to heal or fix all of their problems, they are quite confused and likely to abuse whatever substance or apperatus
    of their choosing.God is the only One capable of performing a “fix-all” in one’s life, yet He has given us all the tools
    needed as I before stated, to deals with the world, and our
    lives in it. Cannabis is just one of these tools, wich like anything else, can be utilized in positivity or abused in confusion and ignorance. I must say though of all things that can be abused, I personally view cannabis as relatively
    harmless in comparison to not only “drugs and pharms” but
    even when compared to thigs like violent video games, immoral sex, and junk food! I utilize this special herb
    cannabis daily with praise and thanksgiving; thanking The Most High for all His blessings and pray for His guidance in all matters.
    -Jahovah’s humble servant

    Comment by T.Black | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  7. Hi TB!

    Thanks for the insightful words. It has been interesting feedback. I think that I had originally posted this as a warning. I personally know someone who abused drugs and paid the price for it later in life. Of course, as you point out, there are people who abuse many things with negative outcomes.

    I personally don’t know a lot about marijuana or its harmful effects–I can only go on what others tell me. This goes for cigarettes, alcohol or any other substance.

    Thanks for stopping by CSC!


    Comment by bereans | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  8. Greetings Paul and others,
    Let me just start out by saying that I am extrememley
    cautious of what I put in my body. I don’t drink alcohol,
    or even coffee. I eat only organic food when ever possible.
    Save for occasional fish ( small white or salmon) I am a dairy free vegetarian. I am not a doctor but my wife and I
    have studied health and naturopathics for many combined years. I have been inside prisons, hospitals, schools, juvenile detention centers, rehab centers and other institutions and talked face to face with hundreds of individuals with an erray of ailments and for most of them
    that included alcohol and drug abuse. I can honestly tell you that any cannabis use involved with any of the people I talked with, led to any of their other problems. People who have a tendency to abuse something or someone will find what or whom they can to abuse.It comes down to mentalities,
    states of minds and the use of intelligence, knowledge and wisdom. Besides the fact that mother nature is literally filled with gifts for you and I from our creator that no man or government has the right to keep from us, we have been given a life with wich to explore, discover, learn and give thanks. It is up to the individual adult to decide what is good and what is not, but thanks to the weapon of propaganda, people have been shammed out of their very God-given rights. My best advice to anyone wondering about cannabis ( or anything else for that matter) is to do your own research and scrutize the heck out of it.Consider the sources and what they may have to loose or gain by convincing you either way. Talk with people, they can be a vast source of info. Remember that all things on earth are for the glory of God and the benefit of mankind. Cures lay waiting to be discovered; ones that have been are sythesized, bottled and sold at a high price. Do you know that wel over 60% of pharmecuticals use some sort of base or derivitive from the cannabis plant? Cannnabis is not toxic nor can it be overdosed on. What did the founding fathers of the U.S. think about cannabis and hemp? The DEA claims that cannabis is a killer. How many deaths have there been directly related to cannabis? Anyhow check out
    the truth for yourselves.Perhaps you ( a full grown, mature adult with fully developed lungs) will decide to start utilizing one of God’s most precious gifts to mankind as was

    Comment by T.Black | October 15, 2007 | Reply

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