Thursday, August 26, 2004
Other conventional wisdom has been that smoking pot induces psychosis and that excessive Anandamide (an endogenous cannabinoid: something your body makes which is what naturally acts on the system TCH does) was a possible cause of schizophrenia. Studies were done and researchers found that in schizophrenics, Anadamide was hugely increased, and that established a link.
However, as anyone who takes research methods seriously will remind you: correlation does not equal causation!!! More research got done, and it now seems like Anandamide acts as a natural anti-psychotic, and THC causes psychotic symptoms because it reduces Anandamide receptors' (CB1) sensitivity.
Take-home lesson: always do your follow-up experiments!