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Like DUH... I learnt this in grade 9 health class!! What a waste of research.. we already know this :bash:

Dope smokers have a 40 per cent increased risk of developing schizophrenia, and taking it regularly drives the risk up two-fold, Australian research shows.

A new study by psychiatrists has reviewed the latest evidence of links between cannabis use and mental illness, concluding the association is "stronger and clearer than ever".

A pot smoker is 40 per cent more likely to suffer a psychotic episode than a non-smoker, according to the review of major published international research.

And for people who smoke daily over long periods their risk is 200 per cent higher.

"On the world stage, Australians excel in smoking cannabis, so there are very many people who fit into this category," said lead researcher Dr Martin Cohen, a psychiatrist at the Hunter New England Mental Health Service.

"In fact we're number one in the world.

"We know now more than ever that this bodes badly for our mental health."

The review, published in the latest Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, calculates that about 14 per cent of all cases of psychosis would never have occurred had the patient not picked up a joint.

A third of all Australians have smoked at least once in their life, with about 300,000 using daily. And while all had increased their risk to some degree, there was growing evidence that genetics predisposed some people even more.

Scientists have found a gene called COMT that, when faulty, is unable to break down the brain chemical dopamine.

An overload of dopamine triggers psychosis and, as cannabis produces an excess of the chemical, people with this "fault" are vulnerable.

Between 10 and 25 per cent of the population are believed to have the faulty gene, but as yet there is no way to test for it.

The risk is also higher for people who start smoking young and those who use heavily.

A 1998 national drug survey of 14 to 19 year olds showed 20 per cent had smoked in the last week, and 20 per cent of these took their first puff before they turned 12.

"These teenagers are the ones we really need to worry about because their use is changing a developing brain," Dr Cohen said.

Professor Jan Copeland, director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, said the levels of cannabis use had declined significantly since the 1998 survey, especially among school-aged Australians.

"But while we're deterring many from ever trying, established regular users are still finding it very difficult to give up, putting them at risk of not just psychosis but depression as well," she said.

Do you believe marijuana is a risk to mental health?
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=566931
 

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what did you say, no what did i say? i know that they are talking about me right now, they just scratched their nose. no, i won't do that to them i said. but can't you hear that? shhhitttt, i think i need another toke...
 

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We need to increase the taxes on pot by 70% to satisfactorily reduce such obvious teenage binge smoking (most likely teenage girls).

should be able to fix it over night just like in Kevin and Waynes dream world.
 

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They should legalise it and tax it. Might as well make money out of it instead of wasting money trying to fight it.

Nothing wrong with a bit of herbal relief every now and then. Helps put things in perspective and melts the gloomy reality away.
 

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Apparently the idea of riding elevators all night seemed like the best idea ever to this guy.
I don't need weed to think that - maybe I have a problem
 

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Aussies excel pot smoking than the Dutch?

A friend grows 2 plants in his backyard...which is like 2 years supply.

But seriously, everything in moderation is fine.
 

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funny with people i talk to and then the Netherlands is mentioned they assume anyone over there can just light one up and walk around on their merry way, that makes me laugh. I doubt they do that, if fact i dont believe that is the case at all what some of my very stupid mates tell me.
 

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i assume there is thing like limits etc. i mean it would be stupid of them to say "go for it guys"
The Dutch are not idiots like how Aussies binge drink every week. It's normal to smoke if you go to coffeeshop and have a beer with it.

Smoke it, but don't show it off.

It's the same for alcohol. There is no age limit for drinking alcohol, but from 0-15, you must be accompanied by adult. 16 and over, you can go to a bar. Yet, you won't see teenagers binge drinking, no matter how much Heineken promotes Dutch drinking.

It removes the 'thrill' out of smoking or drinking alcohol because it so accessible. You'll be looked upon as an idiot if you try to show off drinking excessively, by your mates.

This may be funny for some of you, but it's typical scene in Holland.

Drug police in Amsterdam are going to fight for their right to party.

The men in blue (or whatever color Dutch police wear) in Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands, are up in arms over a new code of behavior that orders them to quit using drugs in their free time.
The new rules, due to come in on January 1, have upset officers who patrol the city’s infamous coffee shops, where cannabis is smoked openly by locals and millions of tourists attracted by Amsterdam’s relaxed atmosphere.

It has been their duty for years to operate a policy of nonenforcement over the coffee shop culture. Now the police union will back its members in defying the cannabis ban. The union has vowed to bring a test case in court against the first officer to fall foul of the new rules, claiming that they amount to an unjustified intrusion into personal life.
http://www.bloggernews.net/112830

In summary, the Dutch police are revolting against the new rules which bans them from smoking pot. See the irony?
 

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SEQ92, you should be more worried about the affects of Winfield Golds on your health
 

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In the words of 'dlskt: ROFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
 

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Aussies excel pot smoking than the Dutch?

A friend grows 2 plants in his backyard...which is like 2 years supply.

But seriously, everything in moderation is fine.
2 plants = 2 years supply, have you been smoking?

I just did an assignment on Marijuana legalisation for English.

Theres either the pathetic american path = more people in jail for petty offences, or the european (mainly netherlands path) which is tollerance and therefore more control, less crime as a result of sales, growth etc.
 
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