Friday, December 22, 2006

No Brainer

The Mental Health Council of Australia blows away some of the myths about cannabis use in a damning report that finds:

...clear evidence that greater and earlier use of cannabis leads to an increased risk of health and psychosocial problems including mental illness... Frequent (greater than weekly) and early cannabis use is associated with risk for later dependence and a variety of other adverse outcomes such as poor school performance, early school leaving, unemployment and the use of other illicit drugs. A number of studies have found that the risk of psychosis and other adverse mental health outcomes is most marked for those who begin using cannabis at an early age.
The report also deals with issues relating to modern cultivation techniques that increase health risk levels, including the use of toxic pesticides by growers.

-- Nick

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