The Darker Side of 4:20
Updated: Mar 26
Hey everyone, I just wanted to take a moment to talk about an important issue that affects many teenagers and young adults today. Cannabis-induced psychosis is a serious and growing problem that can have devastating consequences for young people, particularly when cannabis is vaped. In popular culture, 4:20 is a reference to casual marijuana use after school (at 4:20pm), but unfortunately, I'm seeing more and more of cannabis-induced psychosis in amongst high-schoolers and young adults.
Studies have shown that regular use of cannabis during adolescence can increase the risk of developing psychosis later in life. This is especially true for those who have a family history of mental illness or have experienced trauma. Additionally, there is so much we're still learning about human brain development and maturation in teens and young adults.
Symptoms of cannabis-induced psychosis can include hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and disordered thinking. These symptoms can be very distressing and can interfere with a person's ability to function in everyday life. I've now seen it derail the personal lives and academic careers of several young adults.
It's important for parents, educators, and health professionals to talk to teenagers about the risks of using cannabis and to provide support and resources for those who may be struggling with addiction or mental health issues.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of cannabis-induced psychosis, please seek help from a qualified healthcare provider as soon as possible. Remember, it's never too late to make positive changes and prioritize your mental health.