Dr. Drew Warns Over Marijuana Studies Revealing 'Extremely Worrisome' Data
Last Updated: Tuesday January 16, 2024
(Fox Business) One of TV’s favorite medical personalities is weighing in on the "extremely worrisome" findings coming from a recent study on marijuana use.
"When this first started coming up, I actually was somewhat doubtful. It seemed too much to me," addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky said on "The Bottom Line" Friday. "We were always aware that cannabis was associated with psychotic episodes, but the previous suspicion was it was primarily people who were sort of heading that way already, perhaps that's why they were using the drug."
But according to data from recent analysis and studies, people who have had at least one psychotic episode after using cannabis are almost 50% more likely to develop schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and that the risk is even higher for teens and young adults.
"Particularly in the states where it's legal for recreational use, the concentration of the cannabis is so spectacular, it's approaching 100% that, literally, it's a different drug, it has a different effect on people," Dr. Drew explained. "And now, very commonly, we're seeing hyperemesis, people that develop these vomiting episodes that are uncontrolled."