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Study Debunks Claim That Pot Smoking Causes Mental Illness

Alarmist rhetoric claiming that cannabis use causes schizophrenia and psychosis goes up in smoke.

Much has made — by the mainstream media and others — of the claim that cannabis use causes certain types of mental illness, specifically schizophrenia and psychosis.

Most notably perhaps, a team of researchers writing in the July 28, 2007 edition of the prestigious scientific journal The Lancet, boldly proclaimed that smoking cannabis could boost one’s risk of a psychotic episode by 40 percent or more.

Naturally, this alarmist rhetoric received wall-to-wall coverage by the mainstream press. Even more troubling, the supposed ‘pot-and-schizophrenia’ link was one of the primary reasons cited by British PM Gordon Brown, ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and others as the impetus for reclassifying cannabis (from a verbal warning to a criminal offense pun

Added: Jul-4-2009 Occurred On: Jul-3-2009
By: CoolQcumber
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Tags: Pot, Herb, Mental_Illness, Debunked,
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