The Downside of High


1 x 60’

Year of Production


Production Company

Dreamfilm Productions

Commissioned By

CBC Canada



Is today’s super potent pot damaging young minds? Teenagers who start smoking marijuana before the age of sixteen are four times more likely to become schizophrenic. This documentary explores recent scientific discoveries about marijuana and the link to mental illness. Startling conclusions come from some of the world’s top schizophrenia experts, following ground-breaking work on the connection between marijuana and mental illness. Modern growing techniques have dramatically increased the amount of THC – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, ramping up the threat to the developing teenage brain. Follow three young people as they wage their battle against psychosis, paranoia and hallucinations; all triggered by marijuana use.

Winner (2011): Gold World Medal, Health/Medical Information, New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards