A new study indicates that adolescent boys who use marijuana on a weekly basis may be at heightened risk for subclinical symptoms of psychosis. (The term subclinical typically refers to the early stages or mild form of an illness.) Alarmingly, these symptoms appear to persist, even after a year of abstinence from the drug.
Previous research linked regular marijuana use to earlier onset of psychosis, but it’s not clear whether such use leads to the expression of psychotic symptoms or whether people are more likely to turn to marijuana because it relieves their distressing psychiatric symptoms. The present study, which was conducted by Bechtold, et al and published online by The American Journal of Psychiatry in May 2016 sought to clarify this question.
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