Catalyst - Marijuana & Schizophrenia
Marijuana use is on the increase. Despite its reputation as a benign drug with medicinal properties, new Australian research is showing it may have a darker side after all - particularly for adolescent users.
Links have been made between marijuana use and the onset of schizophrenia before but, as Catalyst's Paul Willis reports, new research suggests something quite worrying for all young cannabis users.
Dr Martin Cohen at the Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle is comparing the functioning brain of cannabis users and schizophrenia sufferers with a control group, and alarmingly the brains of young heavy dope smokers are actually functioning more like the brain of a schizophrenic.
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