Busting the “pot is harmless” myth

pot2As the push to legalize pot continues across the country, we’d be prudent to pay attention to a recent study which links violent behavior to marijuana use. As reported in the Daily Mail ~

The latest study by five researchers from institutes based in Montreal, Canada, examined the lives of 1,136 men and women who were patients at psychiatric hospitals in Missouri, Pittsburgh and Massachusetts.
Records were gathered from interviews carried out every ten weeks for a year after their discharge.
It said patients who were using cannabis at each of these five checks were nearly two-and-a-half times more likely to have turned to violence than those who had not used the drug.

The Mail backs up the report by detailing various attacks linked to cannabis users. They list several different gruesome murders/attacks committed by individuals while on the substance ~

Contrary to claims that violent people were drawn to use cannabis, researchers found ‘it was cannabis use that predicted future violent behaviour’.

This new research corroborates a 2015 report; ‘Skunk-like cannabis’ increases risk of psychosis, study suggests. (“Skunk” refers to a highly-potent, THC-laced variety of pot which, unfortunately, is becoming more and more common.) ~

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King’s College London.
The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users.
The study of 780 people was carried out by KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.


So no, pot isn’t the benign substance its promoters would have you believe it is ~


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And legalization for recreational purposes is a bad idea.

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