John on November 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm
There has been a subtle shift from the Obama administration toward turning a blind eye to pot aka medical marijuana. Unfortunately, pot isn’t as harmless as it may have been a decade ago. From the Daily Mail:
Ultra-potent skunk cannabis is seven times more likely to trigger psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia than traditional hash, a study has warned.
The research, by the highly-respected Institute of Psychiatry in London, will deepen concerns over the safety of cannabis amid political controversy over its criminal status.
Dr Marta Di Forti, who led the research, said: ‘Our study is the first to demonstrate the risk of psychosis is much greater among frequent cannabis users, especially among those using skunk, rather than among occasional users of traditional hash…
In South-East London, where the study was carried out, the THC content of hash is less than 4 per cent but in skunk it is 18 per cent.
In the past two years skunk has come to dominate the cannabis market, with its price dropping to under £5 a gram.
Some experts believe skunk is so potent it should be treated differently from other types of cannabis and put on a par with Class A drugs such as cocaine and Ecstasy.
Just what we need, a generation of paranoid psychotics that we’ll all have to care for once the newly legalized drug destroys their brains. Seriously, what’s the solution? Do we need a proof rating for pot?
Granted, alcoholism is a serious condition that can result from overuse of legal alcohol. However when the alcoholic is sober he is generally speaking no danger to others. Psychotic behavior or schizophrenia on the other hand would seem to be a permanent condition. Once the brain is damaged the individual becomes a danger to himself and others unless properly medicated. Obviously many alcoholics recover and go sober via self-help or 12 step groups. This isn’t an option for schizophrenics.
Addendum: Commenter Tristan doesn’t like my use of the Daily Mail as a source. Please select the source of your choice:
- BBC – Skunk ‘bigger psychosis risk’ than other cannabis types
- Guardian – Skunk users face greater risk of psychosis, researchers warn
- Telegraph - Skunk linked to huge increase in risk of psychotic disease
- ABC – Smoking Skunk Raises Risk of Psychosis, Study Finds
- BJPsych – Here’s the title page for the study itself. I’m not buying it, but you can.
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