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Marijuana has long been known, or suspected of causing psychosis, even schizophrenia, and it seems that the evidence, as well as the drug itself, is getting stronger.

There was a study recently conducted in Australia which confirmed the link between marijuana and psychosis, but this isn't at all a new development. Psychiatrists and psychologists have known or suspected the link for years.

One leading psychiatrist was quoted on Sixty Minutes as saying she would prefer her kids were smoking heroin than smoking pot, due to the large amounts of cases of marijuana psychosis she had seen.

Studies show that one in twenty marijuana smokers who start in their early teens will develop Schitzophrenia, (the most serious and permanent form of psychosis), while one in fifty will develop it, if starting in adulthood. Both figures are higher than average.

While mental illness is fairly common in the general population, and there are many causes such as genetic disposition, it is almost certain that smoking marijuana will bring on mental illness faster, and sometimes be the cause of it.

Schitzophrenia is not one illness, but a host of different conditions, which cause a loss of reality, hallucinations, and general insanity. One cause is the inflamation of the brain, from any number of toxins.

Teenagers are most at risk of developing psychosis from smoking marijuana, but everyone is at risk from this drug. It is not all the harmless chemical some supporters and advocates claim that it is, particularly some of the new strains with high THC content.

People with psychosis tend to be paranoid, see demons, think people are watching them, and may suffer delusions of grandeur, or massive depression. The truth is, marijuana is a hallucinogen, and some people have a really bad trip.

In some parts of the world marijuana is being prescibed for medical reasons, and I'm not going to put my personal opinions into it, but there are thousands of different types of opiates that are legally prescribed, but the medical profession has a really hard time legalizing marijuana, and for good reason.

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the world after alcohol and cigarettes, and like these, there is a certain amount of acceptance in society for people who use it.

While pot doesn't often kill people, (except from cancer, tuberculosis and suicide), it has some of the worst side effects of any chemical, which aren't talked about enough, and there needs to be more awareness of the dangers of this drug, particuarly among those whose brain is still developing.

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