OUR CHANGED WORLD: ‘A lot of people started using a lot of cannabis’: CMHA says referrals for early psychosis have doubled

Increased cannabis use brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic might be causing more young people to lose grip with reality.

“A lot of people started using a lot of cannabis,” according to Dr. Allie Douglas, lead psychiatrist for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s first-step early psychosis intervention program serving Waterloo-Wellington.

“The number of people coming into service since COVID who are using much higher doses almost consistently have the same story. ‘Lockdown hit, I had nothing else to do, and so I started using cannabis every day.’”

The growing number of referrals for the program geared to help individuals between the ages of 14 and 35 is raising red flags for mental health experts.

Read the full article in the Waterloo Chronicle here: https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news-story/10572523-our-changed-world-a-lot-of-people-started-using-a-lot-of-cannabis-cmha-says-referrals-for-early-psychosis-have-doubled/

For more information on the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, and to join, please visit www.IASIC1.org.

Visit the IASIC Library here (https://iasic1.org/library/). The IASIC Library is intended as a user-friendly reference of the published medical literature.

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Related Posts

WADA Executive Committee Approves 2023 Prohibited List

On September 23, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Executive Committee (ExCo) held its second meeting of the year in Sydney, Australia. ExCo members, some of whom attended in person and others virtually, were updated on WADA’s progress on key priorities, took a number of decisions – the main ones being summarized below – and made

Doctors Inform Parents of Marijuana Use Linked to Youth Mental Health

Dr. Roneet Lev, with Scripps Hospital Emergency Room, wants to make sure parents and youth are making informed decisions and understand the risks. During Thursday’s event, doctors laid out the relationship between marijuana use and youth mental health. Lev warned that cannabis use is a suicide risk factor for people under the age of 25.

Changes in Traffic Crash Rates After Legalization of Marijuana

Legalization of the recreational use of marijuana was associated with a 6.5% increase in injury crash rates and a 2.3% increase in fatal crash rates, but the subsequent onset of retail marijuana sales did not elicit additional substantial changes. Thus, the combined effect of legalization and retail sales was a 5.8% increase in injury crash

Legalized Marijuana is a Global Warming Nightmare

Leaders in the Democratic Party are backing legislation to reduce carbon emissions. Some of them are also sponsoring bills that would expand the cannabis industry, ranging from the MORE Act to the Safe Banking Act and now the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act just introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Co-sponsors have publicly

Scroll to Top