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The Majority of Psychiatric Meds Found Carcinogenic

Emily Robertson
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The terrifying truth is that, according to this study, 71% of psychiatric meds are carcinogenic to the animal body.

In recent decades there has been an escalation in mental health disability. Global estimates say that 4% of the total human population qualifies as “clinically depressed”. There has been a corresponding rise in prescription rates for psychiatric medicine, including: antidepressants, antipsychotics, hypnotics/benzodiazepines, stimulants/amphetamines, and anti-convulsants.  All of these come with a list of negative side effects, but is cancer one of them?

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What Does the Research Show?

A 2015 study showed that almost all atypical antipsychotics and anticonvulsants  have significant carcinogenic risks to the animal body. Also implicated were the majority of antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and methylphenidates. The severity of risk varied according to the type of medication. While human trials and longitudinal studies have not been done, the US FDA deemed the results significant enough to warrant informed consent at the time of prescription.

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A summary of the results can be seen below:

New Generation (atypical) antipsychotics: 9/10 tested carcinogenic
Anticonvulsants: 6/7 tested carcinogenic
Antidepressants: 7/11 tested carcinogenic
Benzodiazepines/sedative hypnotics: 7/10 tested carcinogenic
Stimulants: 1/4 tested carcinogenic

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Overall, the study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry showed that 71.4% of all drugs tested had evidence of carcinogenicity in 43.2% of the specific experimental studies.

We know that these medications have incredible influence on the body and its ability to improve mental wellness.  We’re still learning the full impact of these medications on other body systems (and their ability to ward off cancer).

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What About Cannabis?

Many, many patients have successfully treated their anxiety and depression with cannabis. We’ve examined the efficacy of cannabis in treating anxiety in the past. While it may not be an answer for everyone (as is true of all medications), cannabis should be part of the first line of treatment where it is appropriate.

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When you’re looking for the best strain to improve your mental wellness, you’ll want to speak with an experienced cannabis physician. It is not as simple as “indica calms” and sativa “uplifts.” There are so many terpenes that also work to bring a sense of well being. Limonene, for example is great for the treatment of anxiety; strains high in limonene include: Super Lemon Haze (sativa) and Chernobyl (hybrid). There are also flavonoids and percentages of cannabinoids to consider. It’s very difficult to navigate cannabis for mental wellness, so speak to someone who is educated on treating with this medicine.

As a bonus, not only does cannabis not cause cancer, but it actively kills cancer cells. That’s good medicine!

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing of North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry across the globe. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

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