This stunning figure - from a Danish researcher last week at a top international psychiatry conference - spells a mental health crisis and a crushing blow for advocates of cannabis legalization.
I remember as a medical student at UVA in the 70s, when I was trying to decide between neurology and psychiatry, and chose neurology, for my specialty, I learned of a massive closing of mental hospitals across the country. I also remember being told that in a fact “because we have medication‘s for psychosis, Joe, leaders think we don’t need psychiatric hospitals much anymore.“ over my career as a neurologist in California I have seen how wrong that decision was to close those hospitals. When we lived in Los Angeles 4 years ago, where we made our careers, I would frequently get depressed when on the bike path in Venice seeing these homeless individuals who I know, in a better world, would be in a psychiatric hospital getting care. As a country we have failed the helpless psychiatric patients of America.
And with the amount of young kids getting “marijuana cards” to treat their “anxiety” or “depression”, we may be in a lot of trouble in the near future.
It'll just give pharma another excuse to push another pill to "combat" the problem... because it would be silly to eliminate the problem from their perspective.
Instead of blaming mass shootings on America’s gun culture and NRA, maybe they should look at this issue for a root cause
It's almost as if some in power want the population dependent on mind-altering substances whether it's hyper-potent weed or prescription head-meds. Who would benefit from a population unable to think clearly? It's a puzzlement.
How many of the young shooters of schools have a history of cannabis use?
"may cause ...." hardly grounds for government to take one's freedom. There are few things in life without arguable downsides, whether it be crossing the street or having a drink. The fundamental question here, is "who owns you?" If you answer the state, it would be proper for government to make laws regarding its own personal property. It would also be justifiable to institute a draft or other forms of involuntary servitude. However, if you say one owns themselves, the individual gets to decide. The information in the article Alex has posted should help inform one's personal choices but not be used as justification to pimp the former premise.
I'm generally suspicious of advertisements for pharmaceuticals ("Ask your doctor if XXXXX is right for you")., but it seems most often the drugs are for common ailments. So perhaps there's a widespread need. OK. Maybe. What do I know, right?
But I believed for many years that schizophrenia was a rare condition. So why advertisements for schizophrenia drugs? Can there be THAT much demand?
I think I'm seeing the answer to that question.
I admire that you are trying to get the truth out on this. Lives depend on an honest assessment of risks, and in the case of cannabis, there is a tremendous amount of money trying to suppress the truth.
Cannabis, fentanyl, Covid-vaccine jabs (plus, of course, continuing booster shots), lack of real Vitamin D from sunshine exposure (inside the house or school all day long staring at video screens), lack of exercise, sexual grooming of middle-school students by woke teachers and guidance councilors . . . can you see where this is going? The funding problems of Social Security and Medicare will be solved in around 40 years because these kids won't make it to their 60s. And maybe that's the idea. A lot of the nutcases you find in the media and academia these days are not merely people with a different viewpoint -- they are people who want to destroy our country.
Even back in the late 70's there were preteens and teens shipped off to boarding/private schools because of violence towards family members or peers. In all the cases I can recall, they were also the kids smoking weed. If we believe the media, that was kinder, gentler weed compared to today.
I always thought cannabis was bad. I didn't have anything other than my own observations but now we have some data. Thanks, Alex!
In the same way that COVID restrictions are more harmful than COVID itself, the war on drugs is almost certainly more harmful than the drugs themselves - even if they do have downsides. I hope you'll remain open to that possibility, Alex.
I wonder what the relationship of pot consumption & willingness to accept govt propaganda is
Read your book, given copies to friends, excellent book, not surprised. Not the cannabis of the 70’s much higher THC in the modern version of cannabis. When will society learn🤔
Thank you. I live in CA with pot shops everywhere, and it’s nearly impossible to convince people that it’s dangerous. Even my young adult sons are skeptical though they know a young man who fell victim to schizophrenia after pot and their uncle had a breakdown as a teen while on it. Their 22 year old friend has spent a year in a psych ward and is on the strongest anti-psychotics out there. Please keep writing, and we will keep warning those we know,