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MIPTV Picks: Downside of High

This new documentary, which premiered on the CBC's Nature of Things with David Suzuki, shows that while marijuana may be a popular high, it's not necessarily a harmless one.
April 7, 2010


Several of the world’s top schizophrenia experts have, through their research, concluded that teens that start smoking marijuana before the age of 16 are four times more likely to become schizophrenic. And for all young adults, smoking today’s THC-rich pot almost doubles the risk of developing recurring symptoms of schizophrenia, including psychosis, paranoia and hallucinations. Downside of High presents this material as the backdrop to the stories of three young adults who believe, as do their doctors, that their mental issues stemmed from marijuana use. Marijuana has the distinction of being the most widely used illegal drug in the world. This new documentary, which premiered on the CBC’s Nature of Things with David Suzuki, shows that while it may be a popular high, it’s not necessarily a harmless one.

Partners: Dreamfilm Productions (Vancouver) in association with the CBC and Canadian Television Fund, distributed by Beyond Distribution (Australia) Length: 1 x 60 minutes

Aired: January, 2010 (CBC)

Rights available: Worldwide excluding Canada

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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