Schizophrenia and other psychiatric issues may be triggered by marijuana use, according to a research analysis in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
With states rapidly legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, physicians will be increasingly pressed to counsel patients on their frequency of use and dosage, as well as associated risks. The special report in the JAOA aggregates what is known to help physicians give the best evidence-based recommendations.
“We have a special concern for young people in their late teens and early twenties, whose brains are still developing,” says Jeramy Peters, lead study author and psychiatrist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
Peters adds that while there is no simple way to predict which young people might develop mental health issues as a result of marijuana use, a family history of mental illness could suggest potential risk.
“Pediatricians should be aware of this, especially for patients who have