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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2004 11:59 am    Post subject: Marijuana Abuse Affected by Genes and Environment Reply with quote

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Posted by CN Staff on October 08, 2004 at 22:20:01 PT
By Reuters
Source: Reuters Health ( http://www.reuters.com )

medical New York -- Previous research has established a moderate relationship between marijuana abuse and depressive disorders. Now researchers report that the association between marijuana use and major depression probably arises from a combination of shared genetic and environmental vulnerabilities.

Lead author Dr. Michael T. Lynskey and colleagues report the findings of their large study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

To examine the role of genetics and shared childhood environment in the relationship between marijuana abuse and major depression, Lynskey, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and his team interviewed individuals enrolled in the Australian Twin Register, at around 30 years of age.

They identified 277 pairs in which one twin used marijuana while the other didn't. The odds of depression, suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide were 1.3 to 3.4 times more likely in the marijuana-using twin compared with the twin who was not a user. The strength of the association was higher in fraternal twins than identical twins

This latter finding "implies that shared or correlated genetic vulnerabilities make substantial contributions" to the association between marijuana use and depression, the authors report.

Depression onset before age 17 or early suicidal thoughts in fraternal twin pairs, but not identical pairs, was significantly associated with rates of marijuana dependence.

Altogether, these results suggest that "depression does not cause people to use (marijuana), or that (marijuana) use and dependence do not in themselves cause depression," Lynskey said in an interview with Reuters Health. "So from a clinical point of view, it is not necessarily the case that eliminating one of those will automatically get rid of the other."

In other words, he added, both problems "need to be addressed within the treatment setting."

SOURCE: Archives of General Psychiatry, October 2004.

Source: Reuters Health (Wire)
Published: October 8, 2004
Copyright: 2004 Reuters Unlimited
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2004 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My God what a load of bollocks those people write on paper in order for them to get more funding for research.

Read this here a few times over..

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Altogether, these results suggest that "depression does not cause people to use (marijuana), or that (marijuana) use and dependence do not in themselves cause depression," Lynskey said in an interview with Reuters Health. "So from a clinical point of view, it is not necessarily the case that eliminating one of those will automatically get rid of the other."


So they found out that cannabis use DOES NOT cause depression.

We already know from other research that cannabis use DOES NOT make people addictive on it, this other term..'dependence' is a load of crap, it's the same kind of 'dependence' people develope for everything they like to do, people who like to eat lollipops or use to jog every morning are in the same line of 'dependence' for eating lollipops or jogging.

So from a clinical point of view, none of the problems they researched are related to cannabis.

This has been researched before and the results of this research can be found here:

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Cannabis and Psychosocial Harm (pdf) Vol 363, 2004, pp 1579-1588*
Comments on Cannabis and Psychosocial Harm (pdf) Vol 363, 2004, pp 1568-1569*
Cannabis Use Not Linked with Psychosocial Harm!
Psychological and social sequelae of cannabis and other illicit drug use by young people: a systematic review of longitudinal, general population studies.
*Reprinted with permission from Elsevier, The Lancet, Year 2004
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I specially recommend the "comments on cannabis and psychosocial harm" file, there is a comment on politicians there.

If you are not informed, and don't read those new "reports" well, you could be lead to believe cannabis can cause health problems. The opposite is true..
Cannabis cures a lot of health problems.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2004 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like the old 'cart before the horse' thing: where they are stating that cannabis 'causes' depression when in reality people are using cannabis to 'medicate' their previous condition of depression.

Why can't they just leave people alone and let people do what they feel they need to do instead of these stupid reports that guilt everyone......

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cannabis rids me of depression. No medicine for me other than the herb.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, the incredible thing is: this herb has been in use for around 5000 years for the very same reasons that we are only now discovering.............


Amazing!

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