Cannabis Use, Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Substance Use, Schizophrenia and Psychosis

The link between the use of cannabis and symptoms of schizophrenia is clear even though it has been surrounded by controversy. The use of cannabis can trigger and lead to an earlier onset of schizophrenia to those already predisposed to this mental illness. It is also clear that some people living with schizophrenia use cannabis as a way to medicate and manage their symptoms.

The reality is a lot is still unknown about the brain and research is still being done on the relationship between cannabis, the brain and schizophrenia.

Due to the fact that the brain (especially the pre-frontal cortex) is still developing until a person is approximately 25, B.C. Schizophrenia Society and many other schizophrenia societies strongly urge that people learn and know as much as they can about cannabis, psychosis and schizophrenia.

Here are some resources that we’ve gathered to help you make your decision.

Cannabis & Psychosis

Weed Myths

Here To Help Fact Sheet on Cannabis and Psychosis

Schizophrenia Society of Canada’s Resource on Schizophrenia & Substance Use

“Implications of Cannabis Legalization on Youth and Young Adults” – Position Statement by the Canadian Psychiatric Association