Navigation Links
Cannabis use and the increased risk of psychosis: The debate continues
Date:1/11/2013

The scientific community have long debated the causal relationship between cannabis use and the risk factor for psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. Both sides of this controversial subject are put forward in two articles published today in F1000 Medicine Reports. To give rise to the debate, the authors of each article were given the opportunity to read the opposing side's article drafts and consider their arguments when structuring their own article.

In his article "Cannabis and psychosis: what causes what?" David Castle of the University of Melbourne argues for a causal link between cannabis use and an increased risk of psychotic symptoms. He does, however, concede that very few cases of schizophrenia would be prevented by a global abolition of cannabis, an argument put forward by Suzanne Gage, Stan Zammit and Matt Hickman of the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff in their article entitled "Stronger evidence is needed before accepting that cannabis plays an important role in the aetiology of schizophrenia in the population."

Gage et al argue that whilst acute psychotic experiences can be linked to cannabis use, the nature of the connection to schizophrenia inevitably remains much less certain. They argue that more robust evidence is required to determine whether preventing cannabis use will have any substantial impact on preventing psychotic disorders in the population, or within specific high-risk subgroups.

In their conclusions, both sides agree that cannabis is a public health concern and that the public should be made fully aware of the risks associated with using the drug. Castle states that this particularly applies to those who have a family history of schizophrenia or who have experienced psychosis-like symptoms, as they may be at greater risk.


'/>"/>

Contact: Eleanor Howell
press@f1000.com
44-020-763-19129
Faculty of 1000: Biology and Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Young adults more likely to smoke cannabis than drink before driving, 2011 CAMH Monitor survey shows
2. A risk gene for cannabis psychosis
3. Added benefit of Cannabis sativa for spasticity due to multiple sclerosis is not proven
4. Book Banning: The Illinois Department of Corrections Bans The Cannabis Papers by “Publius”
5. Is there a period of increased vulnerability for repeat traumatic brain injury?
6. Higher levels of obesity associated with increased risk of death
7. Use of anti-depressants during pregnancy not linked with increased risk of stillbirth, infant death
8. High Fat Diet Tied to Increased Diabetes Risk Nature according to University of Massachusetts study reviewed by Naturecast Products
9. Late-life depression associated with prevalent mild cognitive impairment, increased risk of dementia
10. Study: Blood transfusion associated with increased risk of death for patients with heart attack
11. ProvidaStaff,LLC Reports on Increased Travel Therapy & PRN Career Opportunities During The Holidays
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Current Meditation , ... begin franchising throughout the U.S. starting this spring. Current Meditation focuses on “meditation ... meditation mainstream. Current Meditation will be the first meditation concept in the U.S. ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Top cosmetic and periodontal ... program today with a new Indiegogo campaign . Individuals are now able ... in the Los Angeles area, either as a participating patient or through an Indiegogo ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... a new healthcare contact center in Georgia, PENETRON Specialty Products (PSP) provided the ... largest healthcare systems recently invested $51 million to purchase and renovate the 185,000 ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... services to the largest network of hospitals, health information exchanges, physicians and patients, ... Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT) 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification via Drummond Group ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... with chronic conditions reported skipping doses or not filling a prescription because they ... under-insured, rates of cost-related problems getting medications were 30-60%*. At the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... Feb. 22, 2017 a condition where ... abdominal wall due to weak abdominal wall. Hernia ... hernia, incisional hernia, femoral hernia, umbilical hernia, and ... The hernia surgeries are performed using a mesh, ... help fixation devices. Among the available options, open ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... -- Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: UCTT), a leading ... for the semiconductor capital equipment, flat panel, medical, ... results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ... a year of extraordinary growth for UCT. Total ... together with continued focus on operational excellence resulted ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... , Feb. 22, 2017 Summary ... myocardial infarction partnering deals and agreements entered into ... the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p03605670-summary/view-report.html Description ... provides understanding and access to partnering deals and ... companies. - Trends in partnering deals ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: