Tuesday 19 January 2016

Smoking Strong Cannabis Can Lead To Brain Damage

The respected journal Psychological Medicine, written by Kings College, London, has confirmed what I, and many others who counsel people with addictions, have always known.

Smoking strong cannabis can lead to brain damage.

I'm against the legalisation of drugs and that includes so-called 'soft' drugs like cannabis. Soft drugs are merely stepping stones to problems with health or social issues for the user further down the line.

If you are a 'moderate' drug user reading this who has experienced no such problems and don't believe me, that's absolutely fine - I don't pontificate. But be assured I've dealt with many people over the years who consider themselves to be 'moderate' cannabis users who suddenly woke up one day to find they had drug induced psychosis even though they were absolutely fine and had no ill effects up until that time. You have been warned.

So I applaud the journal Psychological Medicine and Kings College, London for their excellent study which now gives proven scientific credibility to the dangers I have spoken out about so often before.

In the study they found that the average age of healthier participants was 27 while the average age of psychotic patients was 29. I believe this change from healthy to unhealthy users which they detected happening around the mid to late twenties age band to be very significant.

You may or may not have heard of the 27 club. It's an 'imaginary' club of celebrities who all died at 27 years old. Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain - they all died from drug/alcohol abuse at 27 years old.

I have known for a very long time from the addicts I work with and counsel who are hard drug users (and by that I mean those who inject) that they rarely get more than 10 years of constant heavy drug use before their body starts to give up and it kills them. The 10 year time-span I mention is by no means scientific - it's just a time-span I've seen repeat itself from my experience of people I have known and worked with.

Considering most kids start off using softer drugs like cannabis in their early teens, they're usually quite happy puffing away for a few years before getting to their mid to late teens when they then look for harder drugs with a bit more kick to them.

So if you add 10 years on to someone who's age is around 16 or 17 years old when they start the hard stuff, hey presto, you have them dying around the 27 years old mark.

As I say, not exactly scientific, but certainly fits in with what I see happening and what Kings College, London seem to have discovered.

More than two million people in Britain smoked cannabis last year and the UK Treasury have calculated that legalising cannabis would raise tax revenues worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Legalising it would also result in huge savings for the Police, Crown office, and the courts.

So what's not to like about legalising it then?

Well, actually, there's one teeny wee problem they've kinda overlooked in their eagerness to make life easier for the police and raise a few quid for the public coffers.

The stuff they want to legalise kills people.

What price a human life?

It seems not much if you listen to our police and the government.

Our current drug laws are clearly not working, we can all see that.

But legalisation is most definitely NOT the answer. Take it from me, someone who's on the front line trying to help people recover from alcohol and drug addiction problems every day.