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SANE comment on skunk cannabis study
Added: 28th Feb 2018

A new study has found the proportion of cannabis confiscations relating to skunk has risen from just over half in 2005 to 94% in 2016.

Responding to the study, Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, says: “We are alarmed by the findings of this study which shows the increase in availability of high-potency skunk accounts for 94% of police confiscations.

“Skunk contains an unacceptably large concentration of THC, a psychoactive ingredient, which when smoked, particularly from a young age, can significantly increase the risk of a person developing a psychotic episode or a devastating, and in some cases life-long illness like schizophrenia. There is also evidence that they may risk depression and anxiety in later life.

“While we don’t know who is at risk and while skunk cannabis is most readily available to young people, any dilution of the message about its dangers can only make it harder for teachers, parents and others.

“We hope these latest findings should act as a stark reminder that the cannabis now available on the street, not that used for medical or other controlled purposes, can ruin the lives and minds of those who are vulnerable.”

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