Reefer madness is upon us again, with media reports on a new cannabis study suggesting that a couple of puffs on a joint will inevitably lead young people to psychosis.
While it’s true that the study shows skunk to be dangerous, it also found milder forms of cannabis, like hash, to be completely harmless. These findings do not disprove the case for drug law reform: they make it.
The study, by Robin Murray and Marta di Forti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, and published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, took data from 410 patients who’d suffered a first episode of psychosis and 370 people in a control group, all in south London. The headline finding has been enthusiastically reported by the mainstream press. “Super strong cannabis responsible for quarter of new psychosis cases,” the Telegraph said. “Scientists show cannabis TRIPLES psychosis risk,” the Mail said, adding that “groundbreaking research blames ‘skunk’ for 1 in 4 of all newRead More »from What the media reports on the new cannabis study don't tell you