DEBATE Is cannabis bad for mental health? Liz Hughes introduces a debate involving carers, services users and health professionals about the potential for harm caused by cannabis use There is a great deal of controversy and emotion around as class C. However, among the 639 individuals and whether cannabis is ‘bad’ for mental health. This is fuelled organisations responding to questions about cannabis, by a general lack of understanding about cannabis and its there was no consensus. Less than half wanted it to remain effects, and a range of opinions about how harmful it can as a class C drug, 19% wanted it to become class B and be, ranging from seeing it as a ‘soft’ drug or harmless, to 19% wanted it to be legalised; 116 were ‘undecided’. If highly dangerous. approved by parliament, reclassification would take effect There is growing body of evidence from published from early 2009. studies (such as Fergusson and Horwood, 2000; Zammit et We wanted to explore and open up the debate by al, 2002; Arseneault et al, 2004; Van Os et al, 2002; gathering a series of responses to the question: ‘Is cannabis Degenhardt et al, 2007; Moore et al, 2007) which
Advances in Dual Diagnosis – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 1, 2008
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