Last updated on: 11/3/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Mikkel Arendt, MSCPsych, PhD Biography

Title:
Researcher in the Unit for Psychiatric Research at Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The risk of schizophrenia after a cannabis-induced psychosis is independent of familial predisposition… Cannabis-induced psychosis may be an early marker of schizophrenia… Psychotic symptoms after cannabis use should be taken extremely seriously.”

“Familial Predisposition for Psychiatric Disorder: Comparison of Subjects Treated for Cannabis-Induced Psychosis and Schizophrenia,” Archives of General Psychiatry, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Researcher, Unit for Psychiatric Research, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Aarhus University Hospital (Denmark)
  • Member, European Psychiatric Association, 2011
  • Lecturer, “Cannabis and Psychosis,” Aalborg Psychiatric Summer School, 2010
  • Visiting Researcher, Columbia University, 2006 and 2009
  • Lecturer, “Cannabis Use and Psychotic Symptoms,” Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, 2008
Education:
  • PhD, Health Sciences, University of Aarhus, 2006
  • MSCPsych, Psychology, University of Aarhus, 2001
Other:
  • Dr. Arendt’s research is primarily focused on the relationship between cannabis use and psychiatric disorders, but he has also published original research on PTSD, panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.