On January 1st 2014, the first stores selling cannabis in Colorado were opened. Many Republicans believed that there would be a negative impact on employment, crime, and health as a result of legalising the drug but, over a year later, it seems as though their fears were unfounded.

Denver police officers have commented that they have not noticed much of a change in how they are doing their jobs. Another interesting point is that with the arrival of thousands of tourists to the state’s marijuana stores, there have been many new jobs created.

Another point to mention is that levels of crime have continued to drop since cannabis was legalised and it has been reported that drug use in the young people of Colorado is also down. Other states in the US have now voted to legalise cannabis, including Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. However, here in the UK, cannabis is still illegal and possession of the drug can carry a five-year prison sentence. So should it be legalised in Britain too?

Psychosis

A report to be published this week will show shocking statistics regarding the use of ‘skunk’ cannabis, which is a very strong version of the drug. The six-year study by researchers at a London institute will show that twenty-five per cent of all new psychosis cases are caused by use of skunk. Those who smoke this super strong cannabis are five times more likely to develop psychosis than those who do not smoke it at all.

Psychosis typically has a couple of common symptoms – hallucinations and delusions. However, it can also include lack of self-awareness, confusion, and disturbed thoughts. Hallucinations involve a person seeing or feeling something that is not there – some will see people, animals, shapes, or even colours. They may hear voices or feel as though they are being touched when there is nobody near to them.

Those with psychosis will often have thoughts or beliefs in things that could not possibly be true; these are known as delusions and are common in psychosis sufferers. Delusions suffered by those with psychosis can often lead to them engaging in bizarre behaviour.

Educating the Public

Experts have now called for more to be done in order to educate the public about the dangers of this skunk cannabis. Some who have previously lobbied for cannabis to be legalised have now said that there needs to be tougher restrictions on some forms of the drug. One of the biggest problems facing the Government is the fact that super strong versions of cannabis are believed to have been developed in the Netherlands, which could find its way to the UK. These versions could be twice as strong as the cannabis currently being sold on the streets of Britain.

Although the number of people using cannabis has dropped quite significantly in the past ten years, the strength of the drug available has grown considerably and it is this super strong version that is causing the rise in the number of psychosis cases being diagnosed.

Treating Cannabis Addiction

Although many believed that cannabis was not addictive, there are a number of people in the UK dependent on the drug. With the news that certain versions are linked to increased risk of psychosis, it is important to get treatment for a cannabis addiction as soon as possible. Addiction Helper is a referral service helping addiction sufferers all over the UK to access rehabilitation treatments. We have a team of fully trained staff waiting to help you by providing you with the information you need to kick the habit. Call today for free and impartial advice.

Sources:

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/a-year-after-marijuana-legalisation-in-colorado-everythings-fine-confirm-police-9989723.html
  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11414605/Super-strong-cannabis-responsible-for-quarter-of-new-psychosis-cases.html
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