[by Dean Smith] Researchers from the Psychiatry Institute at London, England’s King’s College say Marijuana is to blame for 25% of the new mental disorders affecting young people today. This includes delusions, hallucinations and hearing voices, symptoms often associated with bipolar and schizophrenia.
They blame the problem on the new super-charged Marijuana, called skunk, which is much more powerful than other, often older strains, of Cannabis.
In their study reported in the Mail Online, the group says young people need to be warned “about the risks of high-potency cannabis amid a world-wide trend towards relaxing drug laws.”
Between 2005 and 2011, the research team looked at two groups made up of 400 people each. One group used skunk and as well Cannabis on a daily basis more than the other group.
Based on this comparative study, the researchers concluded:
“People who used cannabis or skunk every day were roughly three times more likely to have a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder than those who never used Cannabis.”
In addition, they warned Marijuana usage brings with it a huge danger and cost to society. It can been seen in murders caused by people obeying voices in their head and increased rates of suicide. This is in addition to other serious mental health issues.
The Mail Online shared the story of Erica Camus, a freelance journalist, who began experimenting with skunk and suffered paranoia as a result. She believed a contraceptive device was government spy equipment and videos would make her fat because they were full of calories. Her mother finally took Erica for psychiatric help after finding her searching a room for spy equipment. Twelve years later, Erica is still on anti-psychotic medication.
The growing delusion
I am amazed at the tsunami chorus of voices clamoring for the legalization of Marijuana because it is a supposedly ‘safe’ drug. They are drowning out many in the medical and psychiatric community who have produced study after study warning of the serious mental consequences associated with Marijuana, particularly among teens.
It has reached the point where some governments, such as the state of Colorado, have legalized it for recreational sale and many others are blindly charging down the same road.
Why is this happening?
In 2 Corinthians 4:4, the Apostle Paul may provide the answer:
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4 NASV)
He talks about satan’s ability to blind the world. The Greek word for blinded “tuphloo” does not refer to a person losing their sight, but rather someone having a cloudy perspective. It alludes to blowing smoke so that a person can no longer see. Things that were once so clear in society’s mind are now vague apparitions, barely seen or discerned.
If Satan has the power to blind people to the Gospel, he has the power to blow smoke, clouding people’s perspective on any number of issues.
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers are using Marijuana because they are now convinced it is a safe drug — but if this study is right, thousands will be condemned to a life with very serious mental health issues as result.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8 NASV)