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Ireland Street cannabis is a different drug and it's dangerous

08:25  10 june  2018
08:25  10 june  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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The World's Most Dangerous Drug (Meth) Drugs - ★7.52 On the streets it is referred to as Crystal, Ice, and To all these losers that said Cannabis is not a dangerous drugs , they are wrong. have a different opinion than when you're in your 20s and it ' s not so much of an issue.

6. Black Market Weed Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals – This negative aspect of cannabis is largely related to the failing war on drugs , and since cannabis is not widely legally available, production of it primarily takes place on the black market.

Dr Matthew Sadlier © Provided by Irish Independent Dr Matthew Sadlier

Any debate around the legalisation of cannabis must take into account the harm it causes, one of the country's leading psychiatrists has warned.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Matthew Sadlier is calling for a public health campaign to educate people about the dangers of cannabis use.

As attitudes to cannabis use become more relaxed and tolerance increases in society in general, Dr Sadlier says many young people's lives are being wrecked by habitual use of the drug - and that this side of the story is not being heard.

The Government's latest National Drugs Strategy envisages decriminalising the possession of small amounts of drugs such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana for personal use.

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We're not here to claim that cannabis is a miracle medicine and that it can solve all the sicknesses in the world; however, it is possibly less dangerous than what we were often told, and we can probably find riskier " drugs " in our home kitchen and medicine cabinet.

All street drugs can be used in different ways and can effect any one individual different from another. Marijuana (THC Cannabis ). > Marijuana is the #1 most popular illegal drug in America, although laws regarding it ' s legal status are in rapid It is also extremely addictive and dangerous .

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A cannabis plant is seen at the 1st International Cannabis Expo, in Athens, Greece, January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas © Reuters A cannabis plant is seen at the 1st International Cannabis Expo, in Athens, Greece, January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

To date, cannabis has been legalised in 21 countries for medical use including Australia, Colombia and Germany while a number of national governments are debating whether to decriminalise recreational use. Medicinal cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2013 and the legalisation of recreational marijuana is due in July.

Dr Sadlier says with the focus on allowing a more liberal regime, now is the time to start a conversation about the risks and benefits.

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In his work as a general adult psychiatrist in north Dublin over the last five years, he says he could comfortably say that a third of all his patients had been referred because of cannabis.

And Dr Sadlier says any debate must differentiate between medicinal cannabis and street cannabis. He says tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main mind-altering compound found in cannabis, is found in high levels in street cannabis while cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive component, is there in very low levels.

A visitor smells a cannabis bud during the 1st International Cannabis Expo, in Athens, Greece, January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas © Reuters A visitor smells a cannabis bud during the 1st International Cannabis Expo, in Athens, Greece, January 14, 2018. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

He explains that it's the CBD in medicinal cannabis that is the useful compound in the treatment of many conditions. However, he says medicinal and street cannabis are two totally different things and people must be made aware of this.

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All told, 20 different drugs were evaluated, including cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, amphetamines, and LSD. It ' s like the medical equivalent to any highly addictive street drug . I agree with you that cannabis is not a dangerous drug at all and there is not a single valid reason for it being illegal.

Injecting ‘speed’ may be particularly dangerous because it ’ s so impure. It ’ s also easier to overdose Made from parts of the cannabis plant, it ’ s a naturally occurring drug . It is a mild sedative (often Cannabis itself can affect many different systems in the body, including the heart: It increases the Appearance and use: As a street drug it ’ s usually sold as tiny squares of paper with pictures on them.

"There are people out there who have developed long-term psychotic illnesses from smoking cannabis. If they'd never smoked it, they would never have developed it. We know that acute usage causes neurological conditions. The question is does it have a long-term effect?

"We know that the younger you start smoking it, the more likely it is to have a lasting, damaging effect. What gets my blood boiling is that it's also carcinogenic. We have spent 40 years getting cigarette smoking down, but smoking cannabis has the same negative effects as cigarette smoking," says Dr Sadlier.

"I think there has to be a public health campaign because the information out there for young people is very confused. We have people speaking up for the medicinal effects. Street cannabis is a very different thing and it's very dangerous," he says.

"I have seen families ripped apart by cannabis use. I've seen people with good futures ahead of them fall into apathy due to chronic cannabis use. People need to be educated about this. In my opinion, it's much more dangerous than alcohol," says Dr Sadlier.

He says his fear is that while we're having the conversation about the medicinal benefits in certain conditions, the opportunity to discuss the negative effects is being lost.

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