Rise of Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

The Rise of Cannabis-Induced Psychosis: A Call for Awareness & Action

Psychosis, characterized by a detachment from reality, poses a threat to individuals’ mental well-being. The National Institute of Mental Health defines it as symptoms disrupting thoughts and perceptions. While various factors can trigger psychosis, including genetic predisposition and exposure to trauma, there is a growing correlation with cannabis use.

ER Visits Have Surged

According to a CBS News report from January 30th, 2024, emergency room visits related to cannabis have risen 50% nationwide since 2019, according to Dr. David Schreiber, CEO of Compass Health Center. While treatment facilities specializing in psychiatric disorders have witnessed a notable uptick in cases associated with cannabis consumption.

Several factors contribute to this concerning trend. The proliferation of legalized recreational cannabis across states has led to greater accessibility and social acceptability.

Moreover, modern marijuana strains boast significantly higher THC concentrations compared to previous generations, amplifying the risk of adverse reactions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the situation, exacerbating psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety. With limited access to professional care, individuals may resort to self-medication, and cannabis is a commonly chosen option.

Proactive Approach to Combating Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

Cannabis-induced psychosis can affect individuals of all ages. But adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable due to ongoing brain development.

Dr. Schreiber advocates for a proactive approach to this rise of cannabis-induced psychosis centered around education, engagement, and enrollment:

  1. It’s important to educate both youth and parents about the risks associated with cannabis use, drawing on reliable sources of information.
  2. Fostering open dialogue within families and communities, he says, can empower individuals to make informed decisions and seek support when needed.
  3. Prompt enrollment in professional care is crucial for addressing underlying mental health issues and preventing escalation.

The rising incidence of cannabis-induced psychosis demands urgent attention from policymakers, healthcare providers, and communities alike.

Awareness is Key

By raising awareness, fostering dialogue, and prioritizing access to mental health services, we can mitigate the risks of excessive cannabis consumption and protect the well-being of individuals and communities.

For those grappling with substance use disorders, assistance is available through resources like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline.

The professionals at Awakenings Treatment Center, located in Agoura Hills, California, are now helping those at risk of developing cannabis-induced psychosis. For a complimentary assessment, please call 844-581-2788.

About Shari Corbitt

Dr. Shari Corbitt is a distinguished clinical psychologist with an enduring commitment to enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. Holding a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D), she has amassed a wealth of experience and expertise, making her a trusted authority in the field of mental health. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Corbitt has provided compassionate and evidence-based therapy to countless clients. Her areas of specialization range from cannabis-induced psychosis and mood disorders to anxiety, and chronic pain, as it relates to PTSD and trauma, as well as stress-related conditions. She is widely recognized for her empathetic approach, creating a safe and supportive space for clients to embark on their healing journeys. Dr. Corbitt founded Awakenings Treatment Center to provide cutting-edge treatment for individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders, as well as related emotional difficulties. Optimal wellness is the goal for every client. She lives in gratitude each day for her own recovery, which she enjoys one day at a time.