Pot Causes Psychosis? Yeah, I knew that.

Cannabinoid Receptor Sites

From My Health News 2012-11-19:

No, it’s not a flashback to Reefer Madness. New research at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry (Biological Psychiatry, Nov.15, 2012), indicates a genetic marker may increase the risk of psychosis from smoking cannabis.

“People who smoke pot may be at increased risk for psychosis if they have a certain genetic marker, a new study finds.

“The results show people with this genetic marker who use cannabis are twice as likely to experience psychosis compared with those who use the drug but do not have the genetic marker.” [ . . . . ]

“The genetic marker in question is one variation of a gene call AKT1. The new finding confirms earlier research, which also linked this marker with the risk of psychosis after smoking pot.” [ . . . . ]  The genetic marker likely acts along with other genes to contribute to the risk of psychosis[.]”

You are when you eat.

Ask a few four-year-olds whether they want ONE marshmallow now, or TWO if they can wait just a little while.

Then let the fun begin

The marshmallow experiment is a famous test conducted by Walter Mischel at Stanford University and discussed by Daniel Goleman in his popular work. In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, only if they could wait 20 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined via surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

And many more . . .

And, of course, the version for mature audiences

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