Studies have also found that frequent cannabis use in teenagers predicts depression, as well as anxiety disorder, later in life as well, with daily users carrying the highest risk.
Evidence suggests that marijuana may somehow trigger schizophrenia in those who are already at risk of developing the disorder, though this connection is not conclusive. Those with a vulnerability to develop schizophrenia, such as having a family history of the illness, should be strongly advised against using marijuana.
Cannabis exposure may be a component or contributing cause which interacts with other known (genetic, environmental) and unknown factors, culminating in schizophrenia (Sewell et al 2009, Power et al 2014, Parakh & Basu 2013; Bloomfield et al. People with existing psychotic disorders should be strongly advised and assisted to cut-down and/or cease their cannabis use.
Again, for anyone who has a genetic vulnerability or existing mental health issues, marijuana should be avoided. Drug and alcohol services and mental health services are available in most areas and ideally, a coordinated approach that will tackle both issues at the sample time can be arranged.
Often medication is available to assist with symptoms and this can be managed by a skilled general practitioner.
Principal community visitor Maurice Corcoran, who monitors how long mental health patients stay in emergency departments, welcomed the review."The longer someone is stuck in an ED who is acutely unwell, the more likely it is they will deteriorate.
Everyone acknowledges that," he said."They need to be in a specialised acute unit where they can be observed and can have professional staff working with them and supporting them."It's too early to say the system will be fixed, we will be monitoring it."In the wake of the review, the SA Government has promised a new mental health leadership structure and a single mental health clinical director for each Local Health Network.
Mental Health and Marijuana The link between the use of marijuana and mental health problems is an issue that receives a great deal of attention in the research and general media.
Although severe illnesses such as schizophrenia have received a large portion of this attention, there is also debate about whether the use of marijuana can lead to more common psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Use of marijuana in adolescence has also been correlated with the development of suicidal ideation, certain personality disorders, and interpersonal violence.