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Title: 'Skunk-like cannabis' increases risk of psychosis, study suggests
Source: BBC
URL Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31480234
Published: Feb 15, 2015
Author: Staff
Post Date: 2015-02-15 19:18:20 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 1574
Comments: 7

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King's College London.

The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent "skunk-like" cannabis users than non-users.

The study of 780 people was carried out by KCL's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

A Home Office spokesman said the report underlines the reasons why cannabis is illegal.

Scientists found the risk of psychosis was five times higher for those who use it every day compared with non-users.

They also concluded the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increased risk of psychosis.

Psychosis refers to delusions or hallucinations that can be present in certain psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Risk increased 'threefold' "Compared with those who had never tried cannabis, users of high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis had a threefold increase in risk of psychosis,' said Dr Marta Di Forti, lead author on the research.

She added: "The results show that psychosis risk in cannabis users depends on both the frequency of use and cannabis potency."

A Home Office spokesman said the findings backed up the government's approach: "Drugs such as cannabis are illegal because scientific and medical evidence demonstrates they are harmful.

"This report serves to emphasise how they can destroy lives and communities."

The spokesman added "there are positive signs our drugs strategy is working", claiming "people going into treatment today are more likely to recover now than in 2010".

Skunk contains more THC than other types of cannabis, which is the main psychoactive ingredient.

Unlike skunk, hashish - cannabis resin - contains substantial quantities of another chemical called cannabidiol or CBD and research suggests this can act as an antidote to the THC, counteracting psychotic side effects.

Doctors criticised Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at King's, commented: "This paper suggests that we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no-one smoked high potency cannabis.

"This could save young patients a lot of suffering and the NHS a lot of money."

The research was carried out over several years, comparing 410 patients aged 18-65 who reported a first episode of psychosis at a south London psychiatric hospital with 370 healthy participants within the same age range from the same area of London.

It will be published later this week in the Lancet Psychiatry.

The researchers argued that frequency of use and cannabis potency are "essential factors in the mental health effects on users" which are "not sufficiently considered by doctors" at present.

Dr Di Forti called for "a clear public message" to users, comparable to medical advice on alcohol and tobacco.

She said that, as with alcohol, GPs should be encouraged to ask how often and what type of cannabis patients use.

Rosanna O'Connor, director of alcohol, drugs and tobacco at Public Health England, responded: "No drug use is without risk as this report demonstrates.

"Anyone having problems with drug use should seek help from their local specialist drug services. It is important to remember that treatment for all types of drug problems, including cannabis, are readily available and very effective".

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#1. To: Gatlin (#0)

...study suggests

Lol, suggests? IOW, they got squat.

Pern  posted on  2015-02-15   19:28:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Gatlin, Y'ALL (#0)

Skunk contains more THC than other types of cannabis, which is the main psychoactive ingredient.

Unlike skunk, hashish - cannabis resin - contains substantial quantities of another chemical called cannabidiol or CBD and research suggests this can act as an antidote to the THC, counteracting psychotic side effects.

First ran across hashish in Germany, 1955.. Quite a few of the troopers in my outfit were accustomed to smoking american ditch weed, so when they got onto Turkish hash they literally went berserk, and ended up kicked out of the army..

Never heard of this 'skunk' weed, but it sounds like typical drug warrior bullshit.

tpaine  posted on  2015-02-15   19:44:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Gatlin (#0)

They also concluded the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increased risk of psychosis.

Pridie.Nones  posted on  2015-02-15   19:46:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: tpaine (#2)

Never heard of this 'skunk' weed...

I have - since I was teenager.
And I'm now 50 years old.

Chuck_Wagon  posted on  2015-02-15   20:46:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: tpaine (#2)

Never heard of this 'skunk' weed, but it sounds like typical drug warrior bullshit.

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Gatlin  posted on  2015-02-16   0:28:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Gatlin (#0)

I know----let's make pot illegal and put Gatlin and GrandIsland in charge of a giant police state and wittle the Constitution away in furtherance on their noble Carrie Nation temperance goals. That should ''do it''.

LOL!

Nice try Gatlin, but legalization isn't going away no matter how much scare mongering you and others like Cully Stimson regurgetate on the public.

TEA Party Reveler  posted on  2015-02-16   1:03:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Gatlin, skank weed paranoia (#0)

Gatlin & Whitey, lost in the Skank Weeds.


The D&R terrorists hate us because we're free, to vote second party

"We (government) need to do a lot less, a lot sooner" ~Ron Paul

Hondo68  posted on  2015-02-16   3:28:53 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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