Cannabis is a depressant. It is frequently used to alleviate uncomfortable thoughts and emotions, but paradoxically it can worsen and / or create these symptoms. A lot of cannabis, grown with the help of technology in recent years, is much more potent than in the past. It can contain almost twenty times more THC.
Also, some varieties breed out cannabinoids, a substance scientists speculate may protect against psychosis. For some, it can spark schizophrenia.* In the emergency room, young adults commonly present with a first episode of psychosis associated with marijuana use. Studies show that schizophrenia is up to four times more frequent among regular users of cannabis.
*see David Suzuki’s Downside of High online
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