“Young people who use cannabis are doubling their risk of developing psychotic symptoms,” the Daily Mailhas reported. Mental health problems may also persist among continual users, the newspaper added.
The news is based on a study involving nearly 2,000 German adolescents and young adults. It found that new cannabis use almost doubled the risk of psychotic symptoms in the years after use. The study also found that these users had been free from psychotic symptoms prior to smoking cannabis. Previously, it has not been clear whether cannabis use leads to psychotic symptoms or whether young people with psychotic symptoms use cannabis to “self-medicate”.