New Study Links Marijuana Use to Recurring Psychotic Episodes

British researchers claim to have found a connection between the consumption of marijuana and recurring bouts of psychosis.

The study, which was published this week in the journal JAMA psychiatry, suggests that people who struggle with losing their grip on reality may be more prone to a psychotic relapse after using the herb.

To arrive at this conclusion, researchers explored 220 psychosis patients between the ages of 18 and 65 who had been diagnosed with the disorder a minimum of two years prior to the start of the study. What they found was those who reported smoking marijuana following their initial psychotic breakdown were about 13 percent more likely to suffer another episode than their sober counterparts.

“We show that pot use causes an increase in the risk of relapse in psychosis and demonstrate that alternative explanations are unlikely to be true,” said the study’s co-author Dr. Sagnik Bhattacharyya.

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