Using cannabis ‘just 5 times’ as a teen linked to increased psychosis risk

“Smoking cannabis just 5 times as a teenager raises the risk of psychosis, reveals ‘worrying’ study,” reports the Mail Online. A new Finnish study followed people from the age of 15 to 30 with the aim of investigating the association between the level of cannabis use in adolescents and subsequent psychosis.

Cannabis is thought to be the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. There is growing evidence that use of cannabis, especially the potent form of herbal cannabis known as “skunk”, makes people more susceptible to developing mental illnesses such as depression and psychosis (where a person is unable to tell the difference between reality and their imagination).

However, it’s hard to tell the direction of the relationship. It could be the case that some young people with pre-existing mental health issues may turn to cannabis as a coping mechanism.

The study found the risk of psychosis was higher

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