Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Missing Link

Weed, grass, pot, cannabis. No matter what name you know it by, you probably know someone who uses marijuana. An estimated 104 million Americans aged 12 and older have tried marijuana at least once in their lives. Many Americans strive to legalize marijuana in the U.S., arguing this natural herb of the hemp plant, grown from the earth, is “God given” and harmless.

With “Mary Jane” being loved by so many, is it safe to say that she loves them back?

 For years, scientists have warned that smoking marijuana triggers hallucinations and delusions, known to marijuana users as being “high.” However,  new research links smoking marijuana to schizophrenia. They believe that the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, found in marijuana, disrupts the chemical balance of the brain, causing malfunctions that may make people vulnerable to schizophrenia. This means getting high can put users at risk for for schizophrenia.

John Chapman’s article, featured in the Daily Mail Online, "How cannabis can trigger schizophrenia," delves into the link between smoking marijuana and diagnoses of schizophrenia. The question is, will this information be enough to halt decisions in marijuana usage ? I believe this information is a great stepping stone toward warning Americans of the potential harm brought on by their beloved Mary Jane.

-Lynencia Elliott

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