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Your Genes Can Predict How You React to Getting High

Published on February 24, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

HIGHTIMES

Many people enjoy the light buzz of hitting a joint, but for a select few even just a puff or two can cause paranoid delusions. Scientists from England have uncovered a gene that may predict the likelihood of somebody suffering from psychosis after smoking cannabis.

Considerable effort over the last 10 years has been put into identifying genetic factors that may predispose a person to cannabis’ possible ill psychological effects, and many interesting discoveries have been madeThis latest research from England has solidified the notion that genetic testing may one day be able to identify people at risk for cannabis-induced psychosis.

What is cannabis-induced psychosis you might ask? Since the early days of Reefer Madnesspropaganda-backed science has touted the link between cannabis and psychosis. These days nobody claims that cannabis can turn you into a bloodthirsty murderer, an undeniable statistical correlation remains between cannabis consumption and the occurrence of a psychotic event. The risk is very small, and very few smokers will ever experience even a trace of psychotic feelings.

“Putting yourself repeatedly in a psychotic or paranoid state might be one reason why these people could go on to develop psychosis when they might not have done otherwise. Although cannabis-induced psychosis is very rare, when it happens it can have a terrible impact on the lives of young people. This research could help pave the way towards the prevention and treatment of cannabis psychosis,” said Celia Morgan, Professor of Psychopharmacology at the University of Exeter and lead author on the paper.

Previous work has identified correlations between psychosis and cannabis use in patients with a history of schizophrenia and have found several genes at play. This latest study has identified that people with a variation in the “AKT1” were more likely to suffer from visual distortions, memory impairment and paranoid delusions after smoking.

“The current study is the largest ever to be conducted on the acute response to cannabis. Our finding that psychotic-like symptoms when young people are ‘stoned’ are predicted by AKT1 variants is an exciting breakthrough as this acute reaction is thought to be a marker of a person’s risk of developing psychosis from smoking the drug,” said professor Val Curran from the University College London.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. carolina says:

    come on now. we all know it is social conditioning that makes one paranoid. the truth is you cannot master your fears.




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