AUS­TRALIAN SCI­EN­TISTS HAVE DIS­COV­ERED THAT THE DE­SIRE TO GET HIGH IS GE­NETIC

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THAT’S A VERY AC­TIVE GENE, IN THAT CASE. A team of in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists, in­clud­ing Aus­tralians, has con­ducted the largest study ever into the ge­netic sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to cannabis use, look­ing at DNA sam­ples from over 180,000 peo­ple world­wide. The results show that there are 35 genes that can in­flu­ence the wish to reach for the bong or a joint. “The ge­netic vari­ants we ex­am­ined ac­count for one-quar­ter of the ge­netic or in­her­ited in­flu­ence on cannabis use,” co-lead of the study, Pro­fes­sor Eske Derks, said. “Of course, there are also so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors that con­trib­ute to whether a per­son will use cannabis.” The study also found a ge­netic con­nec­tion be­tween cannabis use and some men­tal dis­or­ders, per­son­al­ity traits, and de­pen­dence on other sub­stances. They also found a link be­tween cannabis use and schizophre­nia, sug­gest­ing that peo­ple who suf­fer from schizophre­nia use cannabis to ease symp­toms.

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