Study shows alcohol, not cannabis, leads to violent behavior in psychotic patients

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Research recently concluded thinks other cannabis studies have been wrong about violence

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the use of substances such as alcohol is associated with an increased likelihood of impulsivity and violent behavior in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. One of the major indications in the study is that cannabis has been left out of the equation, implying that the plant has nothing to do with these types of attitudes in the subjects.

A team of Italian and Canadian researchers undertook the task of evaluating the relationship between cannabis and alcohol use on impulsive, psychotic, and violent behavior in a cohort of subjects who had previously been diagnosed with some type of mental illness, such as schizophrenia. In order to obtain results more consistent with the need for the study, each of the subjects had a history of violent behavior.

The researchers explained through the published data that cannabis use disorder had no connection whatsoever with violent and/or impulsive behavior. Quite contrary to this finding, alcohol use disorder had a positive association with higher levels of impulsivity, especially when it came to violent and thoughtless behavior.

They concluded, “In summary, our findings indicate that lifetime cannabis use disorder is frequent among patients with psychotic disorders but is not associated with violent and impulsive behaviors.”

Previous studies have indicated a high rate of cannabis use among patients with mental disorders. In fact, some seek to self-medicate with this plant because of the benefits it brings to their mental health. It has long been said that cannabis and its components are used to treat stress and depression, indicating that the plant, rather than being a driver of violence, seeks to calm people.