Mothers against cannabis

By Catherine O’brien for MailOnline | UPDATED: 13:31 EST, 5 February 2009

In England, as in America. Some parents, families have suffered terrible harm from cannabis:  The drug was downgraded to Class C five years ago, giving users the false impression that it was virtually harmless, but the four mothers featured here know the reality: 80 per cent of the cannabis seized in Britain today is skunk, which is up to 25 per cent stronger than the cannabis smoked by previous generations.

Skunk users are 18 times more likely to develop psychosis, and there is increasing evidence of a link between skunk and schizophrenia. In the past five years, the number of people admitted to NHS hospitals suffering from cannabis-related mental and behavioural disorders has almost doubled.

Meanwhile, there is little support for addicts’ families, most of whom find themselves isolated by fear, guilt and shame. Talking About Cannabis, a new parental pressure group, is hoping to change that. These three women reveal how their friendship and contact with each other through TAC has helped them deal with the challenge facing their families

‘We love our son, but we can’t live with what the drugs have done to him’

Early next year, cannabis will be restored to Class B status, and for families of addicts, the reclassification will not be a moment too soon.

 
 
 

Susan Bedack is chairman of appeals for the mental health charity SANE and a supporter of the mental health charity Rethink.

The mother’s story anyone who still says cannabis is harmless MUST read: Henry came from a wealthy family and had a golden future but his life is now in tatters. Henry was a sporty, academic teenager before he started to smoke skunk (potent marijuana). His psychosis was caused by that most pernicious of drugs, skunk cannabis, and psychiatrists confirmed it. Henry – her beloved only child – endures a life bereft of purpose or meaning. Nine years ago, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since then his promising young life has been on hold.

Mother’s story anyone who still says cannabis is harmless MUST read

Henry was a bright young boy with a promising future Starting smoking cannabis in his teens Today, age 28, he lives in a state of terror and tried to take his own life Regularly admitted to psychiatric hospitals A doctor said cannabis use contributed to his psychosis The phone call from British Transport Police came one night in the summer of 2005.

 

My son played Russian roulette with cannabis – and lost’: Patrick and Henry Cockburn tell their story

            By PATRICK COCKBURN FOR MAILONLINE and HENRY COCKBURN

            UPDATED: 05:24 EST, 24 January 2011 Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn has spent many years working as a foreign correspondent, reporting from the world’s trouble spots from Belfast to Baghdad. Here, however, he tells an intensely personal story – how his son succumbed to schizophrenia

 

‘My son played Russian roulette with cannabis – and lost’: Patrick and Henry Cockburn tell their story

Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn has spent many years working as a foreign correspondent, reporting from the world’s trouble spots from Belfast to Baghdad. Here, however, he tells an intensely personal story – how his son succumbed to schizophrenia On February 8, 2002, I called my wife Jan from Kabul where I was working as a foreign correspondent.

 

 

 

Canada: Parliament’s Scathing Report on Pot’s ‘Harm’ By Paul Armentano · Fri Oct 24, 2014

Members of the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Health issued a 24-page report this week focusing on “marijuana’s health risks and harms.” Earlier this week, Health Canada launched a $7.5 million ad campaign on television and online warning: that pot use can “decrease IQ” and cause “hallucinations or delusions.”

 

Canada: Parliament’s Scathing Report on Pot’s ‘Harm’

Members of the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Health issued a 24-page report this week focusing on “marijuana’s health risks and harms.” Among the alleged harms highlighted by the Committee: “[C]ognitive impairment from acute marijuana use can affect a person up to a month after using the drug.”

 

 

 

Letter from the Head of the Municipal  Council ( T. Liubenova MD)on Drug  Addiction to the UN Secretary General (Bulgaria 6-26-15) 

 Parents forbid their children to smoke tobacco and the media gives them advice to smoke marijuana instead. That is a heavy crime against both children and parents. The UN cannot approve of the harm to children’s health and take on a line of passive inaction and a lack of position in regard to this issue, especially on the 26th of June – the International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.   And yes, we do have cases of strong psychotic conditions among 15-16-year-old students because of the use of “weed”.

We fully understand the endless amount of profit that marijuana trade brings to its dealers because  addictions can generate endless benefits to organized crime networks, to the mafia. The position of the UN must be to relentlessly protect the victims of this monstrous present-day “plague”, namely the drugs, and that – every single day!

The priority of each and every spokesman of all countries around the world ought to be a healthy life and welfare of children, not the power and money of narcobarons. This should be understood by humankind –

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World Federation Against Drugs- Special Session- Cannabis (2014)

Martien Kooyman, MD, PhD presented: the cannabis grown and sold today is not same drug as was available in the 1970s. The average THC has increased to more than 15%. Cannabis issue can clearly lead to addiction. The damage to the brain from chronic use IS worse compared with chronic use of heroin. Among the negative effects of long-term cannabis use in adolescence include neuropsychological dysfunction, decline in IQ, short memory, among others.

Dr. Kooyman concluded his presentation by reinforcing the message that cannabis can no longer be labeled a “soft” drug. There is no justification to have different laws for cannabis than other drugs (labeled as “hard”). The legalization of cannabis reinforces already existing opinion among youth that there are no risks in using cannabis.

 

Special Session – Cannabis

Professor Meier presented the study “Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife”, based on results from the Dunedin study . Professor Madras focused on how cannabis smoking can affect the behavior and brains of children. Preclinical tests studies show that the use of cannabis before pregnancy may have adverse effects on future children.

 

 

3rd National Cannabis Conference: Many topic areas were chosen to respond to the developing evidence-base on issues such as cannabis and mental health.   Melbourne, Australia- Oct 2015

 

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