This is always a hot topic for debate: There’s a new pot study came out…
It says pot ISN’T harmless. Ready… Set… Go!
It’s a Twenty-year study on pot, and it is challenging the widespread belief that pot use is ‘safe’. Some of the ‘high’lights:
The paper by Professor Wayne Hall, a drugs advisor to the World Health Organisation, builds a compelling case against those who deny the devastation cannabis wreaks on the brain.
…One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it
…Cannabis doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
…Cannabis users do worse at school. Heavy use in adolescence appears to impair intellectual development
..Smoking it while pregnant reduces the baby’s birth weight
He goes on to say…
‘If cannabis is not addictive then neither is heroin or alcohol,’ he said.
‘It is often harder to get people who are dependent on cannabis through withdrawal than for heroin – we just don’t know how to do it.’
Those who try to stop taking cannabis often suffer anxiety, insomnia, appetite disturbance and depression, he found. Even after treatment, less than half can stay off the drug for six months.
This video goes into greater detail about the side effects:
By weighing the danger of the drug only by whether one can have a lethal overdose, the broader public, the article argues, is missing the point.
Mark Winstanley, of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said: ‘Too often cannabis is wrongly seen as a safe drug, but as this review shows, there is a clear link with psychosis and schizophrenia, especially for teenagers.
‘The common view that smoking cannabis is nothing to get worked up about needs to be challenged more effectively. Instead of classifying and re-classifying, government time and money would be much better spent on educating young people about how smoking cannabis is essentially playing a very real game of Russian roulette with your mental health.’