American Psychological Association Now Says Teen Marijuana Use NOT Linked to Psychosis, Depression or Other Health Concerns



By Cheri Roberts, of Challenging the Rhetoric and Cheri Speak

For nearly 100-years people have been led to believe a medicinal flower was the demon-seed of society when previously it was used for many health related reasons. Now, studies and testimonials alike in recent years have shed light on the true healing benefits associated with cannabis, primarily the canabinoid [or CBD] values, but also those related to the THC itself. As more independent, yet still peer-reviewed studies, have taken place allowing more accurate knowledge to be accumulated, the American Psychological Association (APA) has now come forward against previous beliefs and propaganda about teen use of marijuana and it’s affects.

From their site,

“The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.”

According to the APA’s new report on teen marijuana usage, (bold emphasis mine),

Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma.”

The APA reports on researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University who tracked 408 males from adolescence through their mid-30s for this study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors®. Of note by lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (bold emphasis mine),

“What we found was a little surprising.There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.”

Based on some prior studies, the latest study expected to find a link between teen marijuana use and the development of psychotic symptoms like: delusions, hallucinations, well as cancer, asthma or other respiratory problems. The study found no such results. It also found no link whatsoever between teen marijuana use and lifetime depression, anxiety, allergies, headaches or high blood pressure according to their publication.

The Cannabis flower has undergone a massive transformation from the mostly seedy low-quality, low THC weed it once was. Potency is much greater than ever and with the implementation of extraction methods to make hash oils (Rick Simpson Oil aka RSO and Butane Hash Oil aka BHO) along with the influx of accessible edibles, calculating and regulating “doses” has become a hot-topic. So has the dosing of children whether by accident or intentionally by parents hoping to ease their suffering from illness, disease and disabilities. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta follows and documents many parents (and adults) who administer cannabis to their children with miraculous results.

Rick Simpson, known for his RSO CBD oil bearing his name also called, “Phoenix Tears” and for his documentary, “Run From the Cure” has also provided much documentation of cannabis healing even late stage cancers in adults.

While legal medical and recreational marijuana laws have been rolling out across several states, the latest being Oregon, and including the District of Columbia, all eyes are on how each state handles the industry it’s voters voted in and on the effects and access to minors particularly have to the industry and it’s products.

Until a week ago the FDA and other government entities along with medical professionals, media and law enforcement officials have been trying to scare the Beejesus out of parents by making claims we now know are lies regardless of their or our own personal opinions about pot. The 21-and-over recreational marijuana laws still [rightfully] remain [I am not encouraging childhood marijuana use except as supervised by doctors and parents for true medical purposes], but the facts [after two-decades of research by this team] also remain and they prove the big bad Boogeyman blunt or bowl full of sweet-smelling cannabis flower isn’t a Boogeyman after all and parents everywhere can rest easy about their child’s mental and physical health.

*Jordan Bechtold, the lead researcher on this study,  can be contacted by email or by phone at (949) 291-7520


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