We’ve all heard the pro-Pot propaganda – “it’s harmless”, “it’s not addictive”, “I know a doctor/lawyer/businessman/writer/(your profession here) who smokes marijuana twice a day, and is a leader in his field.”
On the third point – you’re probably being lied to, as successful adults generally do not have drug habits, and those who do quickly burn out in a blaze of misery. On the second point – you’re certainly being lied to, as anything can be addictive (particularly, anything that numbs the mind). On the first point, science is once again confirming that regular marijuana use is anything but harmless. A study released today by British researchers concludes that regular marijuana use increases by up to 300% the chances of developing mental psychosis at a later age:
Smoking Pot Makes People More Prone to Psychosis
By Eva von Schaper – July 27 (Bloomberg) — Smoking marijuana increases the risk of developing psychosis later in life by 40 percent, with heavy users having an even higher risk of mental problems, British researchers said.
The researchers analyzed 35 previous studies and concluded that using marijuana or cannabis raised the risk of hallucinating and being delusional later in life.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in countries including the U.S. and the U.K., the authors, led by Glyn Lewis of the University of Bristol, said in the study, published today in The Lancet. Reducing the use of cannabis may help avoid 14 percent of psychoses in Britain, they said.
“We now know that there is a long-term risk associated with the use of cannabis,” Merete Nordentoft, of the department of psychiatry at the Copenhagen University Hospital, said in an interview. Nordentoft, in a commentary accompanying the study, said there is a need to warn the public and establish treatments to help users.
The studies that were examined included patients with disorders such as psychosis, schizophrenia, delusions and hallucinations, the researchers said. A link to depression or obsessive compulsive disorder couldn’t be as clearly established, they said. The research was funded by the U.K.’s Department of Health.
As my favorite public intellectual, Dennis Prager, says about science: any study that can be confirmed by common sense is probably correct. And anyone with common sense can tell you that hippie holdovers from the ’60s and ’70s are experiencing a sad meltdown into absolute psychosis as we speak.
Exhibit A: Topless Protestors at Hillary Clinton Rally (warning: very disturbing images! Not for children – or adults, either.)
(7/27 Update): Exhibit B: Hippie Burnouts Join Cindy Sheehan for March on Washington.
In an era where parents not only fail to discourage drug use, but in many cases actually obtain pot for their spoiled teenage children, I worry very much about the burnouts I’m going to have to deal with as my life progresses…