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Canadian study: Increased marijuana use in teens increases psychotic episodes

A four-year Canadian study in Montreal that examined 4,000 teens in 31 high schools in Montreal and its suburbs found that when teens went from occasional marijuana use to weekly or daily use, their psychotic episodes became “more exaggerated and more frequent…” The study was done in light of Canada’s plans to legalize recreational use of the drug nationally on July 1, 2018.

For purposes of the study, psychotic experiences were defined as “experiences of perceptual aberration, ideas with unusual content and feelings of persecution.” Simply put, they are abnormal ideas, perceptions, and feelings that are not based on reality. According to Andy Riga of the Montreal Gazette who reported on the study published on July 5, 2017 in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Patricia Conrod of the Université de Montréal’s psychiatry department has seen that the more teens smoke pot, the more they “report higher levels of depression and anxiety symptoms and they become more disinhibited.” This leads to them showing severely compromised impulse control where they are extremely less likely to think things through before they act or react.

Conrod believes that loading kids with information and using scare tactics is not the way to get teens to avoid using pot. She also thinks Canada is not prepared for the repercussions of legalizing pot’s recreational use next year. Based on the programs she has seen, there are two types in her opinion that seem to work to discourage marijuana use. One of them teaches kids in school how to develop personal skills that encourage them to resist using pot. The other targets individual teens who exhibit certain traits typical of pot smokers and welcomes them into group therapy settings to help them manage their anxieties and depression that tend to lead to abusing the substance.

Nevertheless, with all of the studies done to show the dangers of pot use, the New World Order and the various puppets they use to push the legalization of substance abuse will not hold back on their efforts. The Bible prophesies that substance abuse will be common in the last days (called “sorceries” in Revelation) and will work hand-in-hand with Satan worship and demonic possession, but this should in no way discourage Christ’s church from sharing the truth of the gospel to discourage these harmful habits.

Source: Josiane Bourque, Mohammad H. Afzali, Maeve O’Leary-Barrett, Patricia Conrod; Cannabis use and psychotic-like experiences trajectories during early adolescence: the coevolution and potential mediators; Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; July 5, 2017.

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