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http://www.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/conditions/11/22/otsc.pot.depression/index.html


Friday, November 22, 2002 Posted: 5:11 PM EST (2211 GMT)


(CNN) -- Researchers say new findings about marijuana show clear links between its heavy use and serious mental health problems. For more on the new study, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN medical correspondent, joined anchor Bill Hemmer on Friday's American Morning.

HEMMER: Let's talk about pot -- what are they saying?

GUPTA: First of all, marijuana use in this country is common -- approximately 12 million people in 2001 used marijuana. High school statistics, I think, are some of the most alarming -- 20.1 percent of eighth graders, that number doubles by the time you get to 10th graders, 40 percent of 10th graders say they've used it at least once in the month before they were asked, about 42 percent of seniors.

THC is the active chemical in marijuana. This is a chemical that gets in the brain and binds to certain receptors. Those receptors, once expressed have the cellular reactions that cause all of the things associated with a high -- pleasure, difficulties with memory, difficulties with concentration, uncoordinated movements. There are some benefits to marijuana use. It can make cancer chemotherapy patients hungrier -- also in HIV and AIDS patients.

But the three studies you are talking about talk specifically about schizophrenia and depression, and the fact that marijuana use earlier in life actually may lead to an increased -- 30 percent increase -- in schizophrenia later in life.

They actually looked at 50,000 Swedish military people, and they went back and looked at their histories and found those people who are more likely to use marijuana, both in terms of frequency and amount, are more likely to have the symptoms of schizophrenia.

HEMMER: What is the impact on the brain long-term?

GUPTA: Well, they talk specifically about the receptors and the THC sort-of interacting. We know it causes all these short-term effects, the ones we just listed. What is it doing to the brain long-term? Schizophrenia is a very complicated diagnosis. You get all sorts of symptoms -- hearing voices, disorganized speech, withdrawal, paranoia, for example. That's a very complicated picture within the brain. The fact that this THC can actually cause these things is just becoming known now.

HEMMER: Take it a little deeper on depression, though.

GUPTA: Depression, also a very big diagnosis -- roughly 18.8 million in this country have it. Again, they looked this time at 1,600 high school students and followed them over about seven years. This is in Australia, not in the United States. But they actually found that all of these boys and girls, particularly girls, were more vulnerable to the symptoms of depression later on in life again if they were frequent or even daily marijuana users.

Trying to piece together exactly the mechanism of how this THC causes these sorts of symptoms is a little more complicated, but that's what they're finding out.

HEMMER: You mentioned the benefits that some of the studies talk about. There are major significant movements in this country to get marijuana legalized for medicinal use or other reasons.

GUPTA: There are major movements. There is organization called NORML -- National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. They have gained a lot of press lately about some of the medicinal uses. And marijuana can offer some of those things, especially when it comes to reducing nausea and vomiting, not advocating that necessarily myself. I think there are other ways to do that besides marijuana. There are a lot of short-term effects which may be hard to get around.
 

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Its not true. I know because I just read in High Times last week that Gupta was a quack.
 

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Not this shit again. It doesnt matter what is posted about the good or bad effects of weed. The people are gonna smoke regardless. Get over it.
 

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01WhiteCobra said:
Its not true. I know because I just read in High Times last week that Gupta was a quack.
yeah, I just read that elvis is still alive and just had a 3 headed alien child in the national inquirer too so I know he's not dead
 

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01WhiteCobra said:
Its not true. I know because I just read in High Times last week that Gupta was a quack.
You are the absolute funniest garland person on the board!

I'm getting about as sick of hearing about weed as I am fighting with the windows skript kiddies over how grand linux is. Some people just wont listen until they have a loaded gun pointed at their head, they only difference here is the druggies just dont realize this gun is an invisible one.
 

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99SVTour said:
yeah, I just read that elvis is still alive and just had a 3 headed alien child in the national inquirer too so I know he's not dead
Wasn't that something? I couldn't believe it when I read that. I just wish they would have had a picture of the mother. She must have been a trip to look at.
 

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Wasn't that something? I couldn't believe it when I read that. I just wish they would have had a picture of the mother. She must have been a trip to look at.
there was no mother, he gave birth himself, I guess you forgot because you were high when you read it huh...
 

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99SVTour said:
there was no mother, he gave birth himself, I guess you forgot because you were high when you read it huh...
Dang, must have been some good shit! I bet Elvis was smoking the same shit when he birthed that 3 headed alien!
 

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01WhiteCobra said:
Dang, must have been some good shit! I bet Elvis was smoking the same shit when he birthed that 3 headed alien!
I think he just ate a bunch of pills and pounded half a gallon of whiskey, but I'm not completely sure
 

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I'm thinking drugs are bad in general. I have done my share in my teens and I'm glad I didn't turn out like some of the people I grew up with. Alot of them are skinny crackheads now. It's sad.
 

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Wasn't Cowboys ex-center Mark Stepnoski on the new lately arguing how they should legalize mary jane?
 

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Gaber said:
Wasn't Cowboys ex-center Mark Stepnoski on the new lately arguing how they should legalize mary jane?
Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it has to be healthy. Look at cigarettes. Speaking of which, I need to quit smoking.
 

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bartman said:
Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it has to be healthy. Look at cigarettes. Speaking of which, I need to quit smoking.
Wish I could quit smoking cigs. Stoped smoking weed no prob.
 

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slvr01 said:
Wish I could quit smoking cigs. Stoped smoking weed no prob.
No joke. Cigarettes are terrible. I stopped smoking for two weeks, then I just had one, then another, and now I'm back in full effect. I've tried everything. Any good suggestions?
 
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