Cannabis: A Clue or a Distraction in the Search for ‘Causes’ of Psychosis?
Has cannabis been a distraction for the process of finding causes for schizophrenia or has it been a useful clue along the path to discovery? Good science is all about looking for clues, going down various pathways and then backing out if we come to a dead end. Sometimes we realize we have taken a wrong path in time to change directions quickly. Often it takes decades before we learn of our mistakes. However, it is important to note that regardless of what future researchers think about cannabis as a risk factor for psychosis, setting up and rejecting hypotheses is a defining feature of the scientific process. Rejecting a hypothesis is not an occasion for derision or hubristic scorn.
KeywordsPsychotic Symptom Psychotic Disorder Cannabis User Psychotic Experience Comparative Risk Assessment
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