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