New study has revealed that people who smoke marijuana regularly are more than five times likely to develop mental disorder. Cannabis creates greater mental health risk than any class A-drug.
The disease, known as schizophrenia, is a severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves.
Researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital’s Mental Health Centre, Denmark, found proof that cannabis caused mental disorder. They found that pregnant women who abused the drug gave birth to children who are six times more likely to suffer from mental related issues. This meant the physical effects of using marijuana could also be passed on in the womb.
According to the study’s leader, Dr Carsten Hjorthøj, ‘We know a child in its mother’s womb is not doing this by choice. We know schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain linked to dopamine and cannabis influences levels of dopamine.’