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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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