Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/12/2019 -- This will be an eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter, Alex Berenson, who will be drawing upon his new important book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence, to reveal the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug on Psych Up Live, VoiceAmerica.
While the choice of using marijuana is personal and legalization is likely moving forward, Alex Berenson, former New York Times reporter, invites you to consider this question with your children- How dangerous is today's marijuana? Drawing upon research, he clarifies that unlike the marijuana smoked in the 1970's with a 2% level of THC, the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, today the level of THC is 25%. Underscoring this potency, Berenson untangles the THC in marijuana with the relatively small amount of CBD, the non-intoxicating extract of cannabis, used to treat medical problems. Many assume that recreational marijuana is safe and benign because of the medical association. The findings are quite the contrary. Berenson reports mental illness and violence as possible reactions from smoking marijuana-with increasing use increasing the risk. Whatever your opinion– for the sake of your children, listen in.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states. Almost all Americans believe the drug should be legal for medical use. Advocates argue cannabis can help everyone from veterans to cancer sufferers. They claim that most doctors want to use cannabis as medicine, that it can somehow stem the opiate epidemic and that it is not just harmless but beneficial for mental health. In this meticulously reported book, Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, explodes those myths:
A tiny fraction of doctors write most authorizations for medical marijuana, mostly for people who have already used. Marijuana use is linked to opiate and cocaine use. Since 2008, the US and Canada have seen soaring marijuana use and an opiate epidemic. Britain has falling marijuana use and no epidemic; Most of all, THC—the chemical in marijuana responsible for the drug's high—can cause psychotic episodes. After decades of studies, scientists no longer seriously debate if marijuana has the possibility of causing psychosis. Psychosis brings violence, and cannabis-linked violence is spreading. In the four states that first legalized, murders have risen 25 percent since legalization, even more than the recent national increase. In Uruguay, which allowed retail sales in July 2017, murders have soared this year.
Berenson's reporting ranges from the London institute that is home to the scientists who helped prove the cannabis-psychosis link to the Colorado prison where a man now serves a thirty-year sentence after eating a THC-laced candy bar and killing his wife. He sticks to the facts, and they are devastating.
About Alex Berenson
Alex is a former New York Times reporter and award-winning novelist. He is the author of the important new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence.
Born in New York, he attended Yale University and went on to join the New York Times in 1999. There he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina and served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq. His time in Iraq led him to write The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. Currently, he lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and children, writes fiction, and still occasionally contributes to the Times and other publications. You can visit his website at www.AlexBerenson.com
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Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips has been a practicing psychologist, psychoanalyst, group therapist and professor for over 30 years. She is the co-author of three books and over 40 articles and chapters. Most recently, she co-authored Healing Together: A Couple's Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She has written and presented on a wide range of topics including couples, marriage, divorce, trauma, teens, pets, midlife, military, managing stress, infidelity, resilience, bereavement and family issues. Her work has been recognized with awards such as The Suffolk County Psychological Association Psychology of the Year Award, The Rutgers University GSAPP Lifelong Distinguished Achievement Award, and The American Group Psychotherapy Association Social Responsibility Award. She also gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military families. Suzanne is a weekly blogger for Psych Central with over 250 original blogs. She has also blogged for This Emotional Life on PBS, has appeared on television programs such as Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been a radio guest on many shows including Kelly Connor's Real Women on Health, Military Mom Talk Radio, Tom Matt's Boomer Rock and NPR. Since 2013, Suzanne has hosted Psych Up on CoSozo online radio and on WMIQ 1450 AM in Michigan. Her current show, Psych Up Live, airs globally on VoiceAmerica every Thursday at 11am PT. http://www.couplesaftertrauma.com/ http://blogs.psychcentral.com/healing-together/
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