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