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Is Marijuana Counter-Culture A Key Driver Of America’s Mental Health Crisis?

Several different threads are coming together to form a significant social crisis that we all are forced to bear together. But is it preventable?

The unfortunate death of the subway straphanger that was restrained and the Texas mall shooter that was bounced out of the military over his psych problems have come together to highlight a larger problem with mental health and violence.

There is a similar problem with homelessness, which is often associated not just with poverty but with drugs, crime and mental health issues.

Beyond that, these trends also have corrosive downstream spinoff effects on relationships. Friendships, parents, siblings, spouses, and children. The cycle of harm spreads and is passed forward, creating new victims in its path.

At the center of it all, we usually find a pattern of troubled young men. And a new study may have helped us realize part of what’s driving it.

(Note: CUD means cannabis use disorder, which simply stated reflects habitual use and possible dependence.)

Young men who are heavy weed smokers could have a higher risk for developing schizophrenia, according to a new study.

The research, which was published on May 4 in the journal Psychological Medicine, found that a shocking 30% of schizophrenia cases among men aged 21 to 30 could have been thwarted if they had averted cannabis use disorder.

Scientists examined recent cases of schizophrenia, an abnormal interpretation of reality resulting in hallucinations, delusions or disordered thinking. The study’s authors stated that in 2021, CUD played an integral role in 15% of cases occurring in men aged 16 to 49, and in 4% of cases affecting women in the same age range. — NYPost

This is a good time to mention that various Blue states have been tripping over each other to legalize weed. These same Blue states have problems with crime and homelessness. On top of that, some of the various American subcultures have taken a position of openly celebrating Marijuana use and the so-called 420 culture.

Is this cultural emphasis dooming entire populations of young American men to failure? What is billed as relatively ‘harmless fun’ could be setting them down the road to a psychotic break.

To use the left’s favorite language, some of the most vulnerable people in America are at greatest risk. While this includes the poor and minorities, it extends to everyone.

The most vulnerable, ironically, are not defined by race or wealth. The most vulnerable are young men.

And when something goes wrong in the mental wiring of a young man, others around them often pay a steep price.

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Wes Walker

Wes Walker is the author of "Blueprint For a Government that Doesn't Suck". He has been lighting up since its inception in July of 2012. Follow on twitter: @Republicanuck