A new study published in the Lancet disclosed that cannabis users increased their risk of suffering psychotic episodes by 40 per cent.
The study also disclosed that 14 per cent of psychotic episodes among all young people could be prevented if they had avoided cannabis use.
The study was undertaken by the scientists from Bristol and Cardiff Universities in the UK.
A poll of 50 of the world’s leading authorities on drugs and mental health confirms that most believe cannabis, and particularly its stronger form called Skunk, pose significant health risks and increase users susceptibility to psychosis and schizophrenia.
It is impossible to predict with certainty people that might be vulnerable to psychosis and schizophrenia aside from those with a family history of those medical conditions.
Treatment of cannabis related mental and behavioral has almost doubled in the United Kingdom in the past 5 years.
(Source: Independent On Sunday newspaper UK 29 July 2007)
These scientific studies if replicated in Australia would disclose similar results to those in the United Kingdom.
The Australian Crime Commission recently disclosed that Australian drug criminals have traveled overseas to learn how to grow the potent cannabis called Skunk.
Skunk cannabis is available in Australia and has higher toxins so will increase the mental illnesses and brain damage to young people.
With more than 5.5 million Australians ever having used cannabis there is a greater need for more rehabilitation that gets users free of drugs.