does this prove anything?

Dana Beal dana at cures-not-wars.org
Thu Jul 11 12:43:38 EDT 2002


URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v02.n1221.a04.html
Webpage: http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=01072002-113615-3662r

Pubdate: Mon, 01 Jul 2002
Source: United Press International (Wire)
Copyright: 2002 United Press International
Webpage: http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=01072002-113615-3662r
Author: Charles Choi, UPI Science News, New York

Science And Technology Desk

GENE GLITCHES LINK POT WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA

OKAYAMA, Japan -- Genetic anomalies tied with marijuana-activated brain
chemicals appear linked to schizophrenia, Japanese researchers report.

"This result provides genetic evidence that marijuana use can result in
schizophrenia or a significantly increased risk of schizophrenia," lead
researcher Hiroshi Ujike, a clinical psychiatrist at Okayama University,
told United Press International.

Schizophrenia is one of the greatest mental health challenges in the world,
affecting roughly one of every 100 people and filling about a quarter of
all hospital beds in the United States. For years, clinical scientists have
known that abusing marijuana, also known as cannabis, can trigger
hallucinations and delusions similar to symptoms often found in
schizophrenia. Prior studies also show that cannabis used before age 18
raises the risk of schizophrenia six-fold.

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