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 “,” (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). She practices in Baltimore.