Or do you smoke pot because you’re crazy? This chicken-and-egg question has recently come into the spotlight following a Dutch study on child psychosis.
psychosis has long been linked to marijuana, but not researchers say the relationship goes both ways–especially in teens. Dutch researchers found that teens are as likely to treat psychosis using marijuana as they are to develop some form of psychosis as a result of marijuana use. Marijuana is believed to alter brain functionality, which may be extremely detrimental to the still developing brain of a teenager. Brains don’t mature until the 20’s and altering the construction of connections a healthy brain needs to function properly can have lasting effects. This may be the danger that teens are taking with toking.
Dr. Gregory Seeger, medical director for addiction services at Rochester General hospital in New York, says a family history of mental illness increases the risk of psychosis. “That’s a very vulnerable period of time for brain development,” and individuals with a family history of schizophrenia and psychosis seem to be more sensitive to the toxic effects of THC, he told Reuters.