Pot Smoking and Schizophrenia 5/5 (39)

marijuana pot in handThe Wall Street Journal recently posted an article about the links between pot smoking and schizophrenia. Most of us know many people who have used marijuana in high school or college without any known medical consequences. Medical research now shows a link between marijuana and the development of schizophrenia and related disorders.

Pot-Smoking And the Schizophrenia Connection

Like most issues in society, many don’t pay attention to proven research, evidence or statistics until it somehow affects them on a more personal level.

This article really hit home to me and I wanted to share it for two reasons.

#1: As practitioners we should all be aware and educated on the possibility of consequences in relation to marijuana for recreational and medical use. Patients will ask your opinion. You should have answers.

#2: I’ve treated a patient who experienced this same issue–and I was able to graph them. It’s not very often you get to see the effect of a psychotic episode in a graph.

I have three graphs to share from this patient.

Graph #1

Symptoms:

  • Manic episode
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Unable to differentiate reality

Psychosis: A severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.

 

Graph #2

Symptoms:

  • Medically induced depressive state
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Unable to differentiate reality

 

Graph #3