Cannabis Can Mess With Your Mind

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Cannabis Can Mess With Your Mind
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A new hard-hitting TV, radio and online FRANK advertising campaign that shows how cannabis can mess with your mind, was unveiled today by the UK Department of Health.

The campaign shows that cannabis can quickly flip from being a talkative and relaxed experience to turning nasty and users becoming paranoid, having panic attacks and being sick.

The false perception still exists amongst some young people that cannabis is a safe drug despite the fact that it can produce both immediate and longer-term harms to mental and physical health.

Cannabis is:

* the most frequently used illegal drug by 11 - 15 year olds;
* used by almost 18 per cent of 16 - 24 year olds; and
* more than 7 per cent of 16 - 59 year olds also use cannabis.

Stronger cannabis - "skunk" - now dominates the cannabis market, making up 80 per cent of the cannabis available on our streets compared to 30 per cent in 2002.

In the short term, cannabis use can lead to panic attacks and paranoia. In some, its regular use may lead to later development of psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. For people with schizophrenia it can worsen the symptoms and lead to relapse. Cannabis use can also damage people's lungs and affect their reproductive system. There is concern that the recent shift to use of stronger forms such as skunk will increase these problems.

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Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said: "Cannabis is a destructive drug. What can start as a few giggles and being part of the crowd can have serious and long-term health problems.

"Young people need to know cannabis isn't a soft drug. They need to be aware of the risks they're taking and know there is support for them to get the full facts through FRANK."

National Director for Mental Health Services Louis Appleby said: "Cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage your mental health. We have known for years that it can be part of a pattern of relapse and risk in people with severe illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

"Now the evidence is pointing to cannabis as the cause of psychosis in some people, particularly people who are heavy users.

"A strong public health message, as the FRANK campaign provides, is a vital step."

Home Office Minister Alan Campbell said: "We are extremely concerned about the use of stronger cannabis - "skunk" - and the harm it can cause to mental health. Fewer people are taking the drug than ever before, but it poses a real risk to the health of those who do use it.

"It is crucial that we communicate with young people through the FRANK drug awareness campaign to warn them about the consequences."

Children and Young People's Minister Delyth Morgan said: Young people underestimate the harm that cannabis can cause. In the Children's Plan we committed to helping young people to reach their potential and campaigns like these help to inform and support young people to avoid taking risks and improve their chances of succeeding."

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Comments

First off, you have no evidence supporting your claim, and this is just more and more propaganda bullshit. So basically if i was a kid reading this article and i didnt know any better, i would probably assume marijuana is just as harmful as cocaine or meth. The chance that im going to try marijuana is very very great. So i end up smoking some marijuana down the road and of course i feel great, now how do you think that kid feels about other drugs now that what he thought was one of the worst drugs really isnt bad at all, hes probably going to try different drugs . If you want to help our children, you wouldnt be spreading this bullshit, you would be trying to get the truth out about marijuana and other drugs
I've smoked Cannabis for 15 years to alleviate my tourette's syndrome. It works great. I've had no negative physical effects, and had no memory problems. I was able to learn computer programming and a difficult Asian language under the influence of Cannabis. Everybody's mind and body work differently. I have no doubt that there are people that Cannabis isn't good for. But saying it will hurt everybody who uses it is a lie. "Skunk" as you call it is great, because you only need to smoke a tiny amount which is much easier on your lungs than smoking a lot of nasty schwag. The reason the perception exists that Cannabis is safe, is because Cannabis <ul>is</ul> safe. No matter how much you think you can change the truth by flat out lying to kids, the truth will be known.
This is just more reefer madness scare tactics. The campaign only shows what CAN happen to those who use it HEAVILY. Just look at your local pub, people who abuse alcohol are certainly not any better off. The same things can be said for anything that can be abused; alcohol, prescription pills, tobacco (even though they all cause death). As for the "skunk" theory, it's all a load of crap. Stronger weed means you have to smoke less to get the desired effects. You don't see people drinking 2 pints of rum because that's how much beer they drink do you? It's odd how only the UK has seen this skunk epidemic. Not even the Netherlands, which has lower cannabis use than the UK, is seeing these so called deadly skunk. Alcohol caused far more problems to society than cannabis will ever do.