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Study of patients at south London hospitals finds those who smoked skunk every day had five times the normal risk of psychosis. Smoking powerful skunk cannabis triples the risk of suffering a serious psychotic episode, scientists have found.
In the population studied by the researchers in south London, where cannabis use is Beautiful couple looking nsa AK, the drug is linked to one quarter of all new cases of psychosis, the team found. The study found that those who smoked skunk every day had five times the normal risk of experiencing extended episodes in which they heard voices, suffered delusions or demonstrated erratic behaviour.
Between andthe scientists worked with patients, agedwho presented at south London hospitals with a first episode of psychosis and had shown symptoms such as hearing voices or suffering delusions for at least a month. A further healthy participants from the same area were included as controls. The study, published in Mobile homes to hire journal Lancet Psychiatryshowed that cannabis potency and frequency of use were strongly linked to the risk of developing mental health problems — factors that the authors claim are often overlooked by doctors.
Those who reported smoking milder forms of the drug, such as hash, did not appear to be at increased risk, for instance. Murray said that, in line Sex chat contact no this finding, he recommends hash to patients who are struggling to give up smoking altogether.
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Mon 16 Feb This article was modified on 16 February to make clear that the study found skunk use was responsible for a quarter of new cases of psychosis in the population in south London that the researchers looked at — not across the country as a whole. Reuse this content.