Facts & Risks

Psychosis is a mental health condition that occurs when an individual begins to lose touch with reality and experience hallucinations and delusions.

Today’s high potency marijuana can trigger psychotic symptoms.  This is referred to as “marijuana induced psychosis.”  According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) people who use large amounts of marijuana frequently are more likely to trigger psychotic symptoms.

If someone has an underlying or diagnosed mental health disorder and a co-occurring marijuana use disorder, they risk worsening the symptoms of the disorder.  NASEM warns against the dangers of marijuana use, especially in adolescence.  Evidence shows that “first episode psychosis” can be triggered by heavy marijuana use, prolonged length of exposure and early age of onset. Find out more information on “first episode psychosis” here.

Symptoms of mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, can be worsened with heavy and prolonged marijuana use.  Individuals who have a predisposition for schizophrenia who use marijuana are 7 times more likely to have an onset of the mental illness.

Help is available

Steward Health Choice has funding for treatment of first episode psychosis.  For more information on treatment options call 1-877-756-4090.

Scientific Studies and Facts

More and more scientific studies are being conducted to show the true risks and harms of marijuana and the risk for psychosis.  Below are multiple studies, articles and individual stories that verify these risks.

Marijuana-Induced Psychosis and More

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