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Researchers Find Underlying Gene for Cannabis Use and Schizoprenia

Previous research has shown that people who use cannabis in their youth dramatically increase their risk of developing schizophrenia but now new research shows that the link may also be in the other direction, Reuters reports. The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, included 2,082 healthy individuals, 1,011 of whom used cannabis. They analyzed their genetic profile for a variant linked to schizophrenia. Results showed that “people genetically predisposed to schizophrenia were more likely to use cannabis, and to use it in greater amounts than those who had no schizophrenia risk genes.” This is the first study to show that there may be a genetic commonality linked cannabis and psychotic episodes and that it is not simply that cannabis use causes schizophrenia.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Molecular Psychiatry.