Liberal parents don’t realise psychosis dangers with cannabis, London psychiatrist warns

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Stock image of cannabis  (Metropolitan Police)
Stock image of cannabis (Metropolitan Police)

Liberal-minded parents don’t realise the psychosis dangers with cannabis, a London psychiatrist has warned.

Sir Robin Murray, a professor at King’s College London, issued stern words of warning in a new interview.

Speaking from his experience, the expert said skunk has caused psychosis in around 30 per cent of the patients he sees at his practice in south London.

He lifted the lid on how most cases involve young people suffering with debilitating paranoia and hallucinations.

“I think we’re now 100 per cent sure that cannabis is one of the causes of a schizophrenia-like psychosis,” he told The Times.

“If we could abolish the consumption of skunk we would have 30 per cent less patients [in south London] and we might make a better job of looking after the patients we have.”

Professor Murray and his colleagues in the early 2000s were among the first to establish a link between cannabis use and mental illnesses in young adults.

Further research has since corroborated those findings.

He has been part of the first NHS clinic in England which offers a minimum of treatment for 15 weeks for cannabis smokers with psychosis.

Professor Murray works at the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell, south London.

In December, Malta become the first EU country to legalise the personal cultivation and use of cannabis.

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