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Marijuana and Schizophrenia: Cause or Therapy?Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Nobody has ever said or printed that marijuana CAUSED Schizophrenia; what was Time's editorial staff thinking?
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - This story is engendered by an article in TIME Magazine Feb. 21, 2011 entitled Pot and Schizophrenia: A Dangerous Mix. To put it mildly, TIME is full of crap and so are the authors of the medical article from the University of New South Wales in Australia. It states they reviewed 83 studies and found that POT smokers who developed psychotic disorders did so 2.7 years before non-smokers.
The medical article is very suspect and I will try to explain why. Since 1937, when the U.S. Government outlawed the use of Marijuana, an almost certain way to get a Government Research Grant with beau coups bucks was to study and report the BAD effects of Marijuana. Hundreds of “researchers” got thousands of dollars for this pseudo-research. Medical literature up to about the year 2000 was wall-to-wall with these phony articles.
To amuse myself, I searched Marijuana and Schizophrenia and found dozens of articles as I stated above.
Australia is purported to have a very high use of Marijuana and their Government, like the U.S., is very vigorously but futily trying to “stomp it out”. That appears the reason for these articles.
The Merck Manual indicates that the world wide prevalence of Schizophrenia is about 1%, and they occupy about 25% of Hospital beds in institutions, whether the population uses Marijuana or not.
The U.S. Government estimates that 10,000,000 Americans use Marijuana daily. This being “true” how come there are not a whole bunch of Marijuana psychos running around loose. They aren’t!
California has about 500,000 Marijuana permit holders. I will admit many Californians are a bit flakey – I am myself, but schizo?? Nah!
California legalized Medical Marijuana about 12 years ago with very liberal regulations about which patients can use Marijuana. There are about 70 physicians in California who sign for most of the permits. Some have recorded the disease conditions for which patients may receive these permits.
I reviewed some of the Schizophrenia articles by title. The earliest I found was in 1987 which indicated that the Schizophrenic patients preferred Cannabis. Another dated 1997 indicated that these patients were self-medicating with Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol, Marijuana and Cocaine in that order.
Nobody has ever said or printed that any of these were CAUSING Schizophrenia. Some articles pointed out that “substance abuse” was a frequent cause of Schizophrenia. I think it was concurrent use!
In California, where 95% of permit holders have been using Marijuana for years, if the patient says it WORKS for their medical condition they get a permit.
In Germany, Leweke found CBD (Cannibidiol) worked for 42 patients (2007). In the U.S., DeSouza found THC worked for 13 patients (2005). Hergenrather found Marijuana worked for about 30% of his 1160 patients (2005). Denny reported success with 15% of his 18,900 patients (2005). Nunberg found it useful for 29% of her 53,000 patients.
Please understand me as the reporter. In the states where it is permitable, substantial numbers of patients are using Marijuana for mental disorders. The patients pay a high price for medication which truly works.
Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.
Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole". Order the book by mail by following this link: DOGFACE SOLDIER OF WWII If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.
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