June 30, 2012

I see! Thank you for the extra information. This is most interesting. A quick scan of the literature indicates that it doesn’t link in with classical psychotic symptoms. A recent(-ish) review by S Szara (2007) says current evidence does not suggest it to be a ‘schizotoxin’ (substance which induces schizophrenia). It would be unlikely that any single compound would cause schizophrenia as it is a disorder of such heterogeneous presentation, and the byproduct of many smaller dysfunctional systems. However, it’s role as a neuromodulator (a substance which modifies neuronal communication) is currently being explored so if one really wanted to explore it’s links with psychosis, it may still have a potentiating effect. 

There appears to be a correlation with hyperactivity scores for autism spectrum disorder, interestingly enough. Hyperactivity is part of the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, so there may be something there? But it’s only a correlation. Gotta remember that correlation does not necessitate causation. But point taken about its atypical psychotomimetic effects, I really appreciate the feedback! :D

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