NEW YORK (Reuters Health)—A new study shows a connection between adolescent marijuana use and psychosis, but also indicates that the reverse could hold true; adolescents with psychosis may turn to marijuana to ease symptoms.
“We have focused mainly on temporal order; is it the chicken or the egg? As the study shows, it is a bidirectional relationship,” wrote the study’s lead author Merel Griffith-Lendering, a doctoral candidate at Leiden University in The Netherlands, in an email to Reuters Health.
The study, published recently in the journal Addiction, followed-up from an earlier study in 2010. Then, researchers studied 3,800 Australian teenagers and concluded that those who used marijuana were twice as likely to develop psychosis versus teens who never smoked pot.
For the new study, researchers examined if teens who suffered from hallucinations and delusions were likely to use pot earlier than most teens and adults. Scientists used information from 2,120…
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