Scientists say that all studies for figuring out psychosis linking with cannabis revolve around only male consumers. This distinction leads to incomplete data about the effect of cannabis on people’s mental health. The University of York supported the study.
In 2016, there were more than 190 million consumers of cannabis globally. This made cannabis the third most consumed drug in the world. Science suggests that using cannabis can be risky as it has inevitable consequences, psychosis being one of them.
Cannabis Psychosis has always been a controversial topic among people
Psychosis resulting from cannabis disturbs not only the consumer but also is problematic for the family of the patient. The link between cannabis and psychosis is a topic of controversy among all scientists studying drug addiction. There is a need to accurately research and gather data to dive deeper into the subject. Otherwise, the contention will remain there.
The association is not a recent phenomenon; it is present for over a century. However, the sudden upsurge in cannabis consumption in the west has caught attention from researchers. Andreasson et al. conducted fundamental research in men that paved the way for more study in this region for around 20 years. They found out that cannabis did increase the probability of developing schizophrenia to about 6 percent of frequent consumers.
Scientists, however, cannot comprehend at this stage the diagnosis point of the psychosis resulting from chronic cannabis use.
What do the researchers have to say about this?
Researchers have come up with a few answers for elaborating the association between cannabis consumption and schizophrenia. Firstly, this usage may trigger schizophrenic symptoms in few patients. However, it is not easy to provide evidence of it. It is because the waste products from the metabolized cannabis keep excreting out from the body through urine even after weeks of its consumption. It might result in false positive test results of the psychosis resulting from cannabis.
Secondly, people having schizophrenia use medical cannabis for treating their initial symptoms. This contradicts the consumers’ reasons for explaining the real purpose of using the drug.
Some cannabidiols are beneficial for treating schizophrenic symptoms. However, there is a need to consider the concentration of the psychoactive compound THC of a specific type. Cannabidiols are relatively less potent than THC. However, some predisposing factors are connecting both schizophrenia and cannabis usage.
Cannabis is emerging on a global scale
Cannabis is gaining popularity on a global scale. However, there is little research on the effects of cannabis on physical and mental health. There is a need to study social and cultural prospects of the impact to extract beneficial knowledge from it. Since its legalization, there have been several farms dedicating their space for the cultivation of the emerging product.
The producers are looking forward to expanding their approach to a foreign land, looking forward to increasing the import ratio.
The conclusion of the study is that there is a lack of research in elucidating the risk factors that cause psychosis because of cannabis. To understand the depth of further studies to come, more women will be required for better understanding.
The Deadly Coronavirus Takes 250 lives in China, Thousands of Others Infected
The coronavirus is a highly contagious pneumonia-causing illness that infects the respiratory tract and responsible for several deaths in China. But now the virus spreads globally.
The current estimates tell that its death toll has crossed more than 250 people in China and many other countries are also reporting coronavirus infections. That’s the reason countries have started pulling out their residents from Chinese cities. Coronavirus has infected more People than severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
The World Health Organization ( WHO) convoked its panel to estimate whether the Coronavirus is a global emergency. The committee has advised that it may be not the right time to make an announcement. As per to latest news there is an increment in reported cases and deaths. Most of the deaths are in Hubei Province.
Indian Health Ministry states that a local student of Wuhan was observed infected with the virus when the student returned home from Wuhan. However, the health instructor of the Philippine confirmed a woman to be safe from Virus who also traveled from Wuhan.
Some other reports find that the only 9 persons had symptoms of cough and fever from a total of 210 people, who were transferred from China to Tokyo. Europeans countries arranged flights to bring back Europeans. The flights brought 350 Europeans and 195 Americans to their countries. All the evacuees were observed and checked. Other countries are also making efforts to get out there citizens.
The member of the World Health Organization ( WHO), Maria Van Kerkhove speaks about the condition concerning the new virus in a media talk. The airlines have discontinued their services in China and attempts continued to discover the treatment. The South Koreans protested to urge their government officials to evacuate the seven hundred south Koreans from China.
The official Xinhua News Agency reports that the Chinese authorities are trying to fulfill the basic needs of people living in hot-spot areas. Because these areas are facing shortages in daily necessities and food. It is estimated that Wuhan city f China ensures the supply of rice, cooking oil, pork, vegetables, and eggs for the next fifteen days.
The deputy director of market supervision from the National Post, Hou Yanbo requests people not to order food or any other thing from online or home delivery business other than the daily life necessities. The Chinese authorities are trying to keep people at their homes. The foreigners living in Wuhan city can become a cause of virus spread in other countries if they allowed leaving to their homelands.
The emergencies chief of WHO, Michael Ryan, finds that China has taken extraordinary measures to face an extraordinary challenge.
The scientists have given a rough estimate of the fatality rate seems that many virus-infected cases are missed. The death rate due to virus is estimated 2 percent in Ryan as 99 percent cases of virus-infected are estimated in China. The Chinese authorities have asked all the people who traveled from or to the Wuhan city to report to health authorities. And reports show that a person can be infectious after 14 days of leaving Wuhan.
The measures taken by China in response to coronavirus are praiseworthy as many lives will be safe due to taking some measures in time. The SARS lead to 800 people deaths in the whole world due to delayed response.
Dangerous Effects of Cannabis During Pregnancy Explained by New Research
Cannabis is a derivative of Cannabis sativa that affects the normal functioning of the brain and impairs motor coordination leading to hallucinating effect. This new study suggests that cannabis exposure has real-time devastating effects on the fetus and placental development during the gestation period in pregnancy.
The principal constituent in cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the researchers at Western University and Queens University find that regular exposure to THC has a great effect on the development of the placenta and fetus during gestation. Since recreational cannabis has been legalized in Canada, the effects of cannabis during pregnancy are beginning to be perceived.
Researchers used a rat model and human placental cells to show that regular exposure to THC during pregnancy has a great impact on not only the development of the vital organs of the fetus but also on the gene expression that is extremely important for the proper functioning of the placenta.
The researchers practically find an 8 percent deduction in birth weight and diminished growth of brain and liver by more than 20 percent during gestation in a rat model due to the regular exposure to a low-dose of THC that copies the daily use of cannabis.
An associate professor, Daniel B. Hardy at Westerns Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and co-author on the paper suggests that the use of cannabis during pregnancy is highly linked with low birth weight babies.
Clinical data is hard to analyze because it is perplexed by other factors. The study is a definite way that supports that THC has a direct influence on the growth of the placenta and fetus.
Oxygen and nutrients cross the placenta into the developing fetus for nourishment and the research team characterizes how THC prevents oxygen and nutrients from crossing the placenta.
A decrease in a glucose transporter called GLUT-1 is caused by the exposure to THC that was found by studying the placental cells of humans. This shows that THC is stopping the transfer of key nutrient glucose through the placenta, from mother to the fetus. A reduction in placental vasculature was also found in the rat model and infers a reduced flow of blood from the mother to the fetus.
In the researcher’s opinion the restricted growth they observed in the offspring is likely caused by both of these factors and find that there are recently no proper guidelines from Health Canada on the use of cannabis during the gestation period.
To prevent morning sickness, for anxiety, depression or social issues up to one in five women are using cannabis during pregnancy according to some studies.
A Ph.D., Associate Professor, David Natale at Queens finds in Canada and many states of the US the use of marijuana has been legalized, but its use during gestation period has not been studied well. There are very real devastating risks associated with the regular exposure of cannabis during pregnancy.
First Pneumonia Related Death Reported in China
The first case of pneumonia-related death is reported this Saturday in China. It’s a 61 years old man who died with respiratory illness. This illness was caused by a new type of virus that belongs to the same family as that of SARS. Not to forget, SARS is the same virus that took hundreds of life some years ago.
Currently, forty-one people in Wuhan are diagnosed with this new pneumonia-like disease but it is not pneumonia. The experts believe it’s a new viral strain and a statement from the central Chinese city’s health commission on its official website has confirmed it.
After this first death, seven more cases are in critical condition. But two of them are discharged after recovering from the mysterious pneumonia-like disease. The emergence of this new virus has alarmed the health officials and scared the public due to the past SARS outbreak.
In 2002-2003, or Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) topped the headlines with hundreds of people dying with it in China, Hongkong and many other parts of the world. Only in China SARS killed nearly 349 people and some 299 confirmed death cases in Hong Kong. It affected the national economy of these countries at large and completely distorted the tourism industry.
Chinese scientists are investigating the root cause of this outbreak and they believe it’s a new strain from coronavirus. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that contain different mild and severe varieties of flu virus including common flu and SARS.
The researchers from Kong’s Department of Health in this death announcement on Saturday shared that genetic sequencing of this virus has been found in only one patient from the Wuhan region and is now available online. By going through its sequencing and comparing it with SARS shows that both of these viruses are 80% similar. However, it is too early to give a conclusion if it is SARS or something more deadly. They have warned the people and healthcare authorities to be vigilant this flu season.
“We will remain alert as we believe the epidemic will continue to develop,”
Hong Kong authorities are trying to follow the necessary precautions to stop the spread of this new SARS-like virus. This includes disinfectant sprays in public transport i.e. trains and airplanes, checking of passengers and awareness campaigns on the new virus.
The Wuhan health commission further shares that this first person to die from the new viral disease bought eatables from a local seafood market. This seafood market was located in the city which is currently known to be the hub of this new flu outbreak in China and was cloves on January 1st for public safety.
The patient had the chronic liver disease but he died last Thursday due to “respiratory failure”. Ever since new cases are being detected nearly every day which shows that the evidence of this disease is contagious.
World health organization (WHO) said that there are no traveling restrictions necessary specific measures to follow during trade visits to China. It also expressed full confidence in Chinese health authorities to control the viral spread as soon as possible.
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