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Does smoking weed as a teenager relate to developing schizophrenia?

Does smoking weed as a teenager relate to developing schizophrenia?

Possibly: There is a lot of research on this. What is known is that people (usually late teens) about to have their first psychotic episode often begin using or increase the use of marijuana. Unclear is the cause of that connection. Perhaps emerging psychosis changes values, leading to new activities such as marijuana use; or perhaps marijuana has an effect on the brain, speeding the psychotic process. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

Can smoking weed when you have aspergers syndrome increase your risk of schizophrenia?

YES: Smoking weed whether you have aspergers or not increases the risk of developing psychosis/schizophrenia. It also increase the chance of developing what in other countries is referred to as "amotivational syndrome" where the person level of motivation and volition drops significantly please stop using for your health feel better. ...Read more

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Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher.I also have Asperger's syndrome ?

Will I develop Schizophrenia from smoking Weed THC (4%).Sativa strain with THC:CBD being higher.I also have Asperger's syndrome  ?

Maybe: More recent research and annecdotal reports show smorking marijuana to cause schizophrenia type symtoms. Marijuana use in any form will cause significant changes in your brain function. THC is a fat soluble substance and your brain is more than half fat by composition ...Read more

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Can smoking marijauana as a teenager actually cause schizophrenia/psychosis?

Can smoking marijauana as a teenager actually cause schizophrenia/psychosis?

Yes: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I am a teenager is smoking weed ten times going to seriously damage me for life?

I'm wondering if I am a teenager is smoking weed ten times going to seriously damage me for life?

It depends...: 10 times a day, 10 times a week, 10 times a month? It really depends on the frequency. Marijuana smoke is still smoke, and has carcinogens just like tobacco smoke has. So yes, excessive, regular marijuana smoking over years can cause serious health problems. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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If a teenager says they have an imaginary friend, could this be a sign of schizophrenia or something?

If a teenager says they have an imaginary friend, could this be a sign of schizophrenia or something?

It is unusual: Imaginary friends are a common phenomenon in children, up to about age 5-6. Most teens have a clear sense of "normal" behavior and would not likely have an imaginary friend. Let alone tell others. It the teen is doing well otherwise, probably no need for concern; but, it wouldn't hurt to ask what purpose the "friend" serves. And, if the teen is avoiding real friends, help might be needed. ...Read more

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If my brother developed schizophrenia as a teenager, does that mean I will too?

If my brother developed schizophrenia as a teenager, does that mean I will too?

Maybe: Schizophrenia does have a genetic component. But, environmental factors do also play a significant role. So, having a sibling with the disease may increase the risk, but this definitely does not mean the risk is certain. ...Read more

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