Journal of Mental Health and Human Behaviour

CLINICAL CASE CONFERENCE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55--57

Cannabis-induced psychosis or Cannabis-associated psychosis: Diagnostically no clear winner


Srinivas Rajkumar, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Siddharth Sarkar 
 Department of Psychiatry and NDDTC, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Siddharth Sarkar
Department of Psychiatry and NDDTC, Room No. 4096, 4th Floor, Teaching Block, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
India

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide including India. The role of Cannabis in the causation of psychiatric disorders, especially psychosis remains debatable. Cannabis use has been reported to present with symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder. The distinction between Cannabis-induced psychoses and primary psychotic disorder is important from management perspective as it would determine the need and duration of antipsychotic medications, as well as relative focus on the management of substance use. At times, however, such a distinction may be difficult to make. We present a case where we were faced with difficulty labeling the origin of psychotic symptoms in a patient who was otherwise a heavy user of Cannabis. Management options considered in the presence of insoluble diagnostic problem have also been discussed.


How to cite this article:
Rajkumar S, Balhara YP, Sarkar S. Cannabis-induced psychosis or Cannabis-associated psychosis: Diagnostically no clear winner.J Mental Health Hum Behav 2016;21:55-57


How to cite this URL:
Rajkumar S, Balhara YP, Sarkar S. Cannabis-induced psychosis or Cannabis-associated psychosis: Diagnostically no clear winner. J Mental Health Hum Behav [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Oct 27 ];21:55-57
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