How dangerous is marijuana for young men's mental health?

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Monday, Jan 28, 2019

A bestselling anti-marijuana book, Tell Your Children, is sounding the alarm with a link between cannabis and violence. But is it warranted?

Mon 28 Jan 2019 06.00 EST Last modified on Mon 28 Jan 2019 11.24 EST

Share via Email When it comes to health, we never know as much as we think we do. Illustration: George Wylesol

Just because today marijuana is widely regarded as safer than alcohol doesn’t mean that’s the final word. A bestselling anti-marijuana book is making waves for suggesting that the drug may be far more dangerous than the industry would have us believe. But how much credence should we give it?

Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence, by the former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, reminds readers that when it comes to health, we never know as much as we think we do.

The most demonstrable health risk associated with marijuana is that for a small portion of users, largely men in their teens and early 20s, the drug may induce psychosis and schizophrenia, sometimes after only short-term use. By highlighting this real, and terrifying, risk of marijuana use, Berenson has done an important public service.

Read more Pinterest For many men in their teens and early 20s, marijuana use may induce psychosis and schizophrenia. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Media Pinterest Legal marijuana markets don’t seem to have witnessed an uptick in ultraviolence. Illustration: George Wylesol Read more Topics

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