Research has shown that cannabis is the most widely illicit drug that is being used largely around the Global by people. While other nations have legalized the drug, it’s still illegal on other nations. Questions have been asked severally on the relationship between cannabis use and the mental issues by many people. But what came out on this is that Cannabis use can cause mental health issues, though it’s not the only cause. There are many factors to be looked at before concluding all the people using cannabis are not subjected to schizophrenia, psychosis, or bi-polar. These factors include the age of the user, the number of drugs used, and the pattern plus the genetic vulnerability.
Age of the user
Age factor matters a lot when it comes to the use of cannabis. Use of cannabis at the tender age that is before eighteen when the brain is still developing is dangerous. This stage is very Key for brain development, and one should not tamper with the process. The effect of using cannabis at this stage will make the old neurons to be deleted as well as the development of white matters. If you lack the development of the two, then the probability of getting a mental illness is high. It’s not a surety that if one uses cannabis after the age of eighteen can not get mental issues, simply because this is not the only factor to be considered.
The amount of drug used and the pattern
The dose, frequency, and duration cannabis user maintain matters. The more the amount of dose the high tetrahydrocannabinol (T H C) one ingests. THC act on brain areas by affecting the regulation of emotions in an individual. The frequency is taken to be the total number of times ones takes it can either be in a day, weeks, months, or years. Duration is the period which one uses cannabis others might be short-term or long term. Long term use means one is already addicted and is likely to get more harm than short term users, who might be using it for them medical prescriptions.
Generic vulnerability means that one is at a higher risk of getting mental health issues as compared to others. This might be caused by the fact that one has people in the family who has or had mental issues over the generation. Though it does not mean that you will get the same illness, but you will have high chances if exposed to a different environment or the use of cannabis.
Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and psychosis are mental illness associated with the use of cannabis. Its fact the many people using cannabis does not get a similar illness as previously discussed earlier. Cannabis use is just one of the other factors that cause mental health issues in our society. Anyone can get mental issues even though they are not using cannabis.