Interest in Marijuana for Treating Psychiatric Problems is Risky


A review and commentary in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics suggests that medical marijuana could be more risky to the brain than helpful for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. And a post on Parents Opposed to Pot discusses links between heavy marijuana use and the development of psychiatric disorders.

Hadland, Scott E., John R. Knight, and Sion K. Harris. “Medical Marijuana: Review of the Science and Implications for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Practice.” Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics 36, no. 2 (2015): 115–23. doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000129. (Abstract)

Medical marijuana for children with developmental and behavioral disorders? (Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins press release on ScienceDaily, February 5, 2015)

Mental Health Care Fails at Addiction Treatment
(Parents Opposed to Pot, February 1, 2015)


  1. Maybe giving people, especially kids, narcotics to treat emotional problems is pretty much always a dumb idea? I mean why don’t we give them vodka – it calms them down if you get the dosage right? This is the absurdity to which psychiatric industry with its biomedical paradigm has brought us.
    I’m all for people who want to take drugs recreationally if they are adults and know what the risks are but stop pretending that getting high/drunk/whatever you call the drug’s effect is medical treatment.

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