‘Extremely Worrisome’ Marijuana Data

(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A renowned addiction medicine specialist has raised alarms about the dangers of marijuana use, particularly among teens and young adults, in light of new research findings.

Speaking on “The Bottom Line,” Dr. Drew Pinski expressed initial skepticism about the link between cannabis and severe mental health issues, but recent studies have shifted his perspective.

Key findings from these studies indicate a startling connection between marijuana use and the development of severe psychiatric disorders. Individuals who have experienced at least one psychotic episode after using cannabis are nearly 50% more likely to develop conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

This risk is notably higher in younger users, particularly those between the ages of 16 and 25. Dr. Drew points out that the heightened potency of legally available cannabis in some states has transformed it into a substantially more dangerous substance, leading to a rise in cases of hyperemesis (uncontrolled vomiting) and psychotic episodes.

A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry supports these claims, highlighting the elevated risk of developing bipolar or schizophrenic disorders among young cannabis users compared to those using alcohol, opioids, amphetamines, and hallucinogens.

Dr. Drew also mentioned an analysis from Truveta that shows a significant increase in both cannabis-use disorder diagnoses and cannabis-related emergency room visits since 2019. He attributes these trends to the decriminalization and recognition of marijuana as a recreational drug in 25 U.S. states, which potentially makes it more accessible to young adults.

Addressing cultural perceptions about cannabis, Dr. Drew acknowledges that while tobacco and alcohol may have more detrimental effects on overall health, cannabis is not without its dangers. He emphasizes that the increasingly high concentrations of cannabis in legal markets are contributing to unexpected psychotic episodes and addiction.

Dr. Drew shared personal experiences, revealing that he has family members who have struggled with cannabis addiction and that he has witnessed the devastating impacts of marijuana abuse, including lifelong panic disorders.

Concluding his remarks, Dr. Drew stressed the importance of understanding the inherent risks associated with any chemical substance, including cannabis, underscoring the need for awareness and caution in its use.