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Patients With Schizophrenia Report Subjective Benefits From Marijuana, Study Says

May 7, 2010

Patients With Schizophrenia Report Subjective Benefits From Marijuana, Study Says

May 6, 2010 – New Brunswick, Canada

New Brunswick, Canada: Male patients diagnosed with schizophrenia report obtaining subjective benefits from marijuana, according to survey data published in the March issue of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

Investigators from Edmundston Regional Hospital, Psychiatry/Mental Health Department in New Brunswick, Canada surveyed eight men with schizophrenia who had a history of current or past cannabis use.

Researchers reported that subjects consumed marijuana “as a means of satisfying the schizophrenia-related need for relaxation, sense of self-worth, and distraction.”

Survey data published in 2008 in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing also reported that many schizophrenic patients obtain relief from cannabis, finding that subjects consumed cannabis to reduce anxiety, mitigate memories of childhood trauma, enhance cognition, and “improve their mental state.”

The findings may help to provide insight as to why several recent studies have identified a non-causal association between the use of marijuana and schizophrenia.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Attraction to cannabis among men with schizophrenia: a phenomenological study,” appears in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research.

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