08.15.2016
wellness

Hey, Teen Boys: Weed Might Make You Crazy After All

A new study has frequent cannabis consumption leading to clinical psychosis.

Weed can be pretty tight. But if you're a guy and also a teenager, maybe chill out a bit on the daily cannabis consumption, says science. Or you could go pecans, cashews, almonds––NUTS AF.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of American Psychiatry:

". . . regular marijuana use may significantly increase the risk that an adolescent will experience persistent subclinical psychotic symptoms. For each year adolescent boys engaged in regular marijuana use, their expected level of subsequent subclinical psychotic symptoms rose by 21 percent and their expected odds of experiencing subsequent subclinical paranoia or hallucinations rose by 133 percent and 92 percent, respectively." 

To reach this conclusion, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, collected annual data on the frequency in which 1,009 boys, recruited from Pittsburgh public schools, smoked weed from ages 13 to 18 years. 

The study, which kind of feels like it was inspired by that Richard Linklater movie with Ethan Hawke, but with more weed, noted that only "2.3 percent of participants [sic] had developed a psychotic disorder by their late 20s or early 30s." 

The findings are seemingly in line with the American Psychological Association, which says young minds might be more sensitive to repeated exposure to marijuana. 

At this point, the University of Pittsburgh researchers are unprepared to declare that mass consumption of the herb, on a regular basis, causes subclinical/no-chill psychotic symptoms in [teen] ladies, too. 

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