What is Cannabis-Induced Psychosis?

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What is CIP, Cannabis Induced-Psychosis?

A mental health disorder characterized by the loss of connection with reality induced by THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) in the cannabis plant.

What are the symptoms of CIP?

Symptoms can be mild or severe and can occur for a few minutes or for years. Symptoms can be:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations (especially auditory)
  • Delusions
  • Grandiosity
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Depersonalization
  • Disorganized thinking, speech behavior
  • Racing thoughts
  • Obsessive ideation

Who is most at risk to develop CIP?

  • Youth under the age of 25
  • Higher frequency of use
  • Use of higher concentration THC products
  • Earlier age of use raises the risk

Is Cannabis Induced-Psychosis common?

CIP is becoming more common. State-sanctioned potent marijuana products like dabs are now more accessible. Vapes provide turbo-fast hits of ultra-concentrated THC to the brain which has created a public health crisis and can have severe consequences including loss of life.

Will I develop CIP if I use marijuana just a few times a week or month?

We can’t predict who is susceptible. Some experience symptoms after using THC only a few times.

Can CIP lead to a schizophrenia diagnosis?

Temporary psychotic symptoms from THC can result in permanent psychotic disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder with psychosis. For those who experience a transient psychotic break, the rate of conversion to a chronic psychotic disorder depends on the drug being used. Cannabis tops the list.

Drug Conversion Rate (chronic psychosis):

Cannabis 47%

Amphetamine 32%

Hallucinogens 28%

Opioids 21%


Is it safe for adults to use marijuana products and not develop CIP?

The THC in marijuana, even in low concentrations, can cause Cannabis Induced Psychosis.

Can CIP increase the risk of suicide?

Science finds cannabis use is associated with a higher prevalence of suicidal ideation, plan, and attempt among U.S. young adults (ages 18 -25).

Is there a cure for CIP?

No, there is not a cure for CIP, but the brain can heal and recovery is possible. We recommend that the person who is experiencing CIP, and the family members, get help and support as soon as possible.

Why is CIP not understood by the medical community and the general public?

Due to the lack of education, combined with well-funded ad campaigns, the public is being deceived.

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