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Experts explore issues, controversies around medical marijuana use


 


With regard to the important question of whether marijuana causes schizophrenia, Dr. D’Souza noted that “it’s neither a necessary nor sufficient component, but it does appear it hastens psychosis in schizophrenia and earlier symptoms are associated with a worse prognosis.”

I’ll see what happens with my patient. A Canadian physician in the audience noted that he has treated thousands of patients, and most find medical marijuana to be helpful. In our country, marijuana continues to be a controversial topic with strong opinions about its usefulness and a conversation that is limited by our lack of research.

Dr. Miller is coauthor of “Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care,” (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). She practices in Baltimore.

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