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Mental Health toll of cannabis soared after Scots went soft

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Juan Sanchez Gil
Juan Sanchez Gil
Juan Sanchez Gil - at The European Times News - Mostly in the back lines. Reporting on corporate, social and governmental ethics issues in Europe and internationally, with emphasis on fundamental rights. Also giving voice to those not being listened to by the general media.

According to a report, a record 1,263 new patients in Scotland sought psychiatric treatment last year. The figure relates to those patients treated for disorders medics linked to cannabis. Research has previously shown a strong link between cannabis and mental illness.

As first reported by the Daily Mail, Admissions to psychiatric hospitals among cannabis users have soared 74 per cent since decriminalized the drug in Scotland circa six years ago, figures show.

Admissions rocketed from 1191 in 2015/16 to almost double 2,067 patients last year.
Already several countries have faced a counter-reaction when softening their regulations on cannabis. For example, the Scottish police changed guidance in January 2016, and since then, when someone was found possessing cannabis, instead of facing prosecution, would be issued with a warning.

The organization “RETHINK Mental Health” states on its website “Regular cannabis use is linked to an increased risk of anxiety and depression. But most research seems to have a focus on the link between psychosis and cannabis. Using cannabis can increase the risk of later developing psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. There is a lot of reliable evidence to show a link between the use of stronger cannabis and psychotic illnesses, including schizophrenia.”

That is why non-pharma influenced experts are warning about the dangers of legalizing even the so-called “controlled cannabis” as it seems to exacerbate mental health problems while opening the door to further dangerous drugs

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