Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Peter Reynolds of CLEAR interviewed on Sky News 28th August 2012 about cannabis

 
...I’m fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains.” 
Professor Terrie Moffitt, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London


           



 Different people have different body chemistries and therefore risks are variable. Just as one person is allergic to nuts another may react badly to cannabis. I think this was a fair unbiased news report and that makes a refreshing change. There is no doubt that tobacco and alcohol are far more potent than cannabis and that it should be legally acquired. In the same vein we should educate and advise our children to steer clear of substances that may cause them harm at an early age. Also that excessive behaviour of any kind can be damaging in one way or another and I don't just mean to health. Consider the impact of sitting on facebook every evening on your social relationships for example. Variety makes life more interesting and being in control of our kicks is more enjoyable than them controlling us.


Peter Reynold's of CLEAR said, "It’s nothing new really.  We already know that cannabis as with any psychoactive substance can be harmful to the developing brain.  I’m pretty confident that equivalent results with alcohol used from age 13 would be much more damaging.

The vital and important point about this is that it sheds light, yet again, on the appallingly irresponsible policy of prohibition.  Our governments are failing entirely to provide any protection to our children against cannabis dealers.  All the evidence is that where cannabis is legally available to adults through a properly regulated system, use by children falls and age at first use increases.

Professor Terrie Moffitt, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, who took part in the study, said:

“It’s such a special study that I’m fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains.”



Links:

http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/un-doctored/2012/august-2012/28/cannabis-use-and-iq-decline-%E2%80%93-nz-research.aspx
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/22/1206820109.abstract
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7566467/Teen-cannabis-use-linked-to-lower-IQ
http://www.clear-uk.org/institute-of-psychiatry-at-kings-college-london-confirms-cannabis-is-safe-for-adults/

http://mynorthwest.com/11/728751/New-study-finds-pot-smoking-leads-to-lower-IQ