Marijuana Use and Schizophrenia Risk


Marijuana use has become increasingly more accepted in the United States, as people in several states have voted to override the law of the land and legalize the drug for recreational or medical purposes.

It’s the most commonly used illicit drug. In the 2021 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Survey on Drug Use and Health, researchers estimated that 36.4 million people reported using marijuana (also commonly known as cannabis, pot, or weed) within the previous month.

Some short- and long-term health risks of pot have been established, but researchers still have many unanswered questions about the connection between marijuana and schizophrenia, including whether marijuana could cause schizophrenia.

Here, experts answer the top questions you may have about what the risks might be, as well as what experts still don’t know for certain.


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