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Can Cannabis Cause Psychosis? A Hard Question to Answer

Although a number of long-term studies have linked cannabis use to later risk of mental illness, the question of whether the one causes the other remains unresolved. The possibility that a third factor, such as genetic or personality predispositions, underlies both cannabis use and the development of psychosis needs to be considered more carefully in future research. Read More

When you smoke the herb it releases you to yourself

As the legend Bob Marley once said "when you smoke the herb it releases you to yourself". Unfortunately some people don't like what they find and they can take it in the wrong way which can cause psychotic symptoms.

Cannabis and many other psychoactive substances can open one's mind to new ways of thinking and change peoples perception of the world. This is a good thing but it can lead to paranoid delusions, hallucinations and schizophrenic type behaviour. Once you understand how to interpret these unusual feelings then you can overcome the negative effects of mental illness and focus on the positives and ultimately learn from the experience.

I know this to be true as I myself have experienced mental illness and have been hospitalised. I have had many paranoid delusions and displayed psychotic symptoms but I understand why and can see the reasons for my paranoia, which in most cases was justified although my responses were over the top.

There are many factors for the triggers to mental illness and there are many factors for the cure. All of which I cover in my book which should be out towards the end of this year.

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Thanks for sharing your

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I found your comment quite interesting and think some of your comments are quite valid. Some people naturally have unusual feelings and experiences (e.g. hearing voices) and yet remain mentally and emotionally stable. There is a theory that how a person reacts to these kinds of experiences can influence whether or not they becomes mentally ill. That is, if a person reacts to such experiences with negative judgments and feelings of fear they have a greater risk of becoming mentally unbalanced and losing contact with reality. Experimental therapies are currently being developed that encourage people who may be at risk of developing psychotic tendencies to respond to unusual feelings and experiences with mindful acceptance combined with awareness that one does not have to believe that such experiences represent reality.

You're most welcome

Yes precisely it's how we react to those unusual feelings that determines our mental state thereafter. When I first experienced psychotic symptoms I was terrified and thought I would be like that for the rest of my life, as from my knowledge of mental illness at the time I was under the impression that there was no cure. However, now 6 years later I have done a lot of research and have accepted my illness as part of who I am and have managed to control and even benefit from it. I now spend a lot of time attempting to help others with similar illnesses to give them hope for a bright future.

People need to be better educated about mental illness as you said "if a person reacts to such experiences with negative judgments and feeling of fear they have a greater risk of becoming mentally unbalanced". This feeling of fear comes from poor knowledge of mental health issues. I no longer see my illness as hindrance, I see it as the opposite due to the multitude of feelings I have felt that have helped to shape my mind.

Cannabis has huge medicinal potential but there needs to be more awareness. People need to know how to interpret the effects the plant has on ones mind as it can have a significant impact on the way some of us think.

Good work Scott!

Great article, Scott.
My brother, an entrepreneur, is getting into the marijuana business in Washington State now that the law has changed. He is a long-time user and very successful business man.
I will send him this article.
I have only been a casual user -- usually with my brother when he visits. I don't like the drug because it makes me dumb. Now Acid, Mushrooms and such -- I await your articles there!

Thanks Sabio

Hi Sabio,
thanks for your comment, glad you liked the article. Sounds like your brother has found a lucrative business opportunity. It will be interesting to see what decriminalization brings in its wake.

My articles on the more psychedelic drugs such as mushrooms, are among my most popular, and they were also highly enjoyable to write. Hopefully, psychedelics will be also be decriminalized before too long, they are among the most benign substances when used wisely. I have some ideas for a few more articles on the subject which I am hoping to write soon (still trying to organize my thoughts first), so stay tuned!

Mushrooms

Excellent. Looking forward to them.
Can you supply the mushroom link.
In fact, you should probably list related links at the end of this article: "My related posts" or build index pages like I do.

Links

The article does have a list of links way down near the bottom, but I reproduce ones to the three articles I have written concerning psilocybin in particular:
Psilocybin and personality
Psilocybin and brain function
Psilocybin for anxiety and depression in cancer
I will consider the idea of building index pages.

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Scott McGreal is a psychology researcher with a particular interest in individual differences, especially in personality and intelligence.

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