Researchers of NIDA i.e., National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Mental Health Services situated in the Capital Region of Denmark conducted a study. The study showed that young men who have cannabis (marijuana) use disorder are at an increased risk of Schizophrenia. The study used 5 decades health records of over million people, to determine cannabis use disorder attributed to schizophrenia cases.
Association between cannabis use disorder and schizophrenia:
Researchers discovered a strong link between schizophrenia in both men and women and cannabis use disorder. The association was greater in the case of young men. According to statistical evidence, among men between the ages of 21 and 30 who did not use cannabis, 30% of occurrences of schizophrenia were averted. According to a study, sex and age can affect the relationship between cannabis use disorder and schizophrenia. The study team observed that avoidance of cannabis use disorder. It can decrease the cases of schizophrenia by 15%in men and 4% in women in the age range 16-49. This emphasises the growth of cannabis use disorder over the last fifty years, which may be related to the escalating number of new cases of this illness.
Thoughts of Carsten Hjorthøj:
As per Carsten Hjorthøj, Ph.D., the increase of legalization of cannabis in the past five decades over the world. It has made cannabis most frequently used psychoactive substance. The lead author of the study was Carsten Hjorthj, Ph.D. He is an associate professor at the Danish Capital Region’s Mental Health Services. The study also contributes to demonstrating the dangers of cannabis. We are not aware of the risks, which change depending on the situation.