The more significant point of the study, which it never discusses, is that it demonstrates that psychiatric drugs are killing people at a rate as much as 13½ times the rest of the population!
Marijuana has often been demonized as causing schizophrenia, though a cause-and-effect connection has never been shown. Now, though, a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research has documented that people diagnosed with schizophrenia who use marijuana—also called pot or cannabis—live longer than those who don’t, and alcohol use has no impact on lifespan. The authors concluded:
To our knowledge, this is one of the first studies to examine the risk of mortality with cannabis and alcohol in people with PD (psychotic disorders). This interesting finding of decreased mortality risk … in cannabis users is a novel finding and one that will need replication in larger epidemiological studies.
The study, titled “Alcohol and cannabis use and mortality in people with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders” and published 15 May 2012, followed 762 people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders for 10 years. The death rate after 5 years was 7.5% in non-pot users and 3.1% in those who used pot. After 10 years, the death rate in non-pot users was 13.6%, and 5.5% in pot users.
That is, pot abstainers died at nearly 2½ times the rate of pot users.