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Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

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Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Putting too much of anything in your body is bad for your health, common sense finds.

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Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times

So pretty much the same as drinking a fair whack of vodka every day, then. Gee, who knew?

Legalize it, then you can control it.

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That bud looks potent!

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The study states this:

The research... does not definitively pinpoint marijuana as the cause.

While having worded it as being causative in the paragraph before it:

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times

If marijuana is not causative, then it can't increase the chances of developing psychosis. It may increase the chances that psychosis will be observed in those who smoke every day, but the article itself points out that it can't be said that marijuana is the cause.

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There are lots of people that develop mental issues from various causes. A bunch of researchers needed a project and now that cannabis is becoming widely accepted it is something that the researchers can work on and get paid handsomely. Alcohol is far more of a problem even though it is acceptable and legal in most of the world. Opioids are a huge problem and doctors prescribe them like aspirin.

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Opioids are a huge problem and doctors prescribe them like aspirin.

Not in Japan they don't. It's almost impossible to get them here.

Opioids and proper aspirin both. I went to a drugstore recently looking to buy some melatonin and the woman told me no, you need to get a prescription for that.

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Legalize it

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You know the right-wingers with their moral centre are going to be all over this report. "See how dangerous marijuana is, we need to keep it illegal and keep up the fight on the war against drugs."

Never mind that alcohol and tobacco cause far more damage to the body.

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This is old news to all who have not bought into all the pro-marijuana messages pushed constantly by the popular culture and the mainstream media.

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Never mind that alcohol and tobacco cause far more damage to the body.

Regarding tobacco, yes, I think everyone would agree with you.

Regarding alcohol, though, no. Not when alcohol is consumed moderately and responsibly -- in which case it can actually have health benefits.

Why isn't marijuana ever compared to being clean and sober? It's always compared to alcohol and tobacco to try to make it look good.

But in a straight-up comparison with being drug-free and sober, it stands no chance -- which is probably why marijuana-lovers always avoid making that comparison.

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BigYen Today  08:29 am JST

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times

So pretty much the same as drinking a fair whack of vodka every day, then. Gee, who knew?

Are smoking marijuana and drinking vodka our only two choices in life?

No, they're not. There's also something called being drug-free and sober. Or being drug-free and consuming alcohol infrequently and moderately.

Why don't marijuana fans ever compare marijuana to that?

Answer: Because marijuana is inferior to it from a health standpoint -- and marijuana's fans know it.

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Why isn't marijuana ever compared to being clean and sober? It's always compared to alcohol and tobacco to try to make it look good.

I agree with you. I hate smoking so I would not smoke pot. However, I don't want to go back to a time where people are put in jail for years for growing, selling or smoking a rather benign recreation drug such as marijuana.

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Genius

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Its benign till it isn't

selling or smoking a rather benign recreation drug such as marijuana.

Once you have the psychosis, or have acted out on it and hurt someone, its a bit late then, keep promoting Nicorette,Nicobate etc smoking is the soft gateway drug to all manner of ill health.

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Why isn't marijuana ever compared to being clean and sober? It's always compared to alcohol and tobacco to try to make it look good.

Um, because it's an intoxicant, so the logical comparison is with other legal intoxicants. We as society have accepted that people enjoy getting intoxicated, and it is something we allow, so when looking at introducing a new intoxicant into legal status, it makes logical sense to make the comparison to the legal intoxicants to determine whether or not the new intoxicant fits in the same range of acceptability.

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I agree with you. I hate smoking so I would not smoke pot.

Smoking is quickly becoming old school in places like California and Canada. Other things like edibles and sprays are what the kids are using these days.

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Have to fly to Jamaica and tell those 70-something year old guys I know to stop smoking that strong stuff right now. They might stop being so mellow and go psychotic at any minute.

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I'd rather lose touch with reality for a couple of hours than risk liver failure, thoughts of suicide, depression, in rare cases, death, risk of heart attack or stroke, and all the other risks that come with the parade of drugs advertised on tv--drugs to cure made up diseases, Do you jitter after drinking 10 cups of coffee on an empty stomach? Then you might suffer from caffeinitis intoleranticus deficiency syndrome. Take these drugs--side effects include nausea, depression, thoughts of suicide, loss of appetite, in rare cases death has been reported. Yeah--I take the strong strain of pot any day thank you very much.

These kinds of reports are anti-pot propaganda funded by pharmaceutical companies who are scared their multi-billion dollar drug empire will crumble when people realize pot can cure half the ailments out there with no side effects compared with what they are peddling.

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Well I never!

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Not sure about psychosis, but it does make you dumb.

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Are smoking marijuana and drinking vodka our only two choices in life?

Nope, there are plenty of forms of escapism; social and sexual intercourse. Television. Sports. Religion. Travel etc.

Everything in moderation.

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JenniSchiebel:

Spoken like a Puritan. Unfortunately, Puritanism doesn't work for most people.

In my lifetime I've known dozens and dozens of people who've smoked marijuana. Not one of them ever developed a problem from it. Not psychosis, not addicton, not any of the other one in a million possibilities some (and only some) medical authorities or non-smokers claim can be a consequence of it.

I'm not a "fan" of marijuana. I just don't like to see people's relaxation of choice illegal and users criminalised. It's illogical, and unjust.

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Not sure about psychosis, but it does make you dumb.

Well, it makes you intoxicated, at which time you can do some dumb stuff. It doesn't actually have an effect on IQ overall though.

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