This week I used my free cinema tickets to go and see Ted2 with Ellie. My favourite part is when they find a field of cannabis and Ted smokes it out of a cock shaped bong (spoiler alert). This film got me thinking about how much I miss smoking weed. I have smoked A LOT in my life and maybe this has led to my episode of psychosis. Its difficult to say but according to The Schizophrenia Society of Canada as stated in its article titled “What Do We Know about the Link between Cannabis and Psychosis?, “Several recent studies suggest that frequent cannabis use during adolescence is associated with a clinically significant increased risk of developing schizophrenia and other mental illnesses which feature psychosis.”
More specifically, skunk has been identified as the main perpetrator of causing psychosis according to Channel 4 who state that “25 per cent of all psychosis treated in Britain is associated with smoking skunk”. These are pretty frightening figures.
Channel 4 recently ran a drug trial that had Jon Snow partaking as a volunteer. He said: “I’ve worked in war zones, but I’ve never been as overwhelmingly frightened as I was when I was in the MRI scanner after taking skunk. I would never do it again.” I have to admit that skunk has not had a great effect on me but often it has been the only weed available to buy, in fact it accounts for 80% of the market. Skunk contains very high levels of the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) making it extremely potent and giving users a high that is similar to using LSD or Ecstasy.
There is a backlash to these trials for example; this video argues that a study done by the Kings College of London is flawed. Seeing as he’s only had 48 views and 3 likes I will reserve judgement on his opinion. This article in the leaf online, however, has 3,000 likes and states that skunk does not cause psychosis. There is a good debate to the pros and cons of this on medical marijuana but it’s all speculation, no one really has the answer. With cannabis becoming more accepted and being legalised in twenty three states in the US. I think this can only be a good thing, because whether it causes psychosis or not, it needs to be regulated so that those who choose to smoke do so safely. I don’t regret my past. I’ve had a great time and would do it all again. Although I might steer clear of the magic mushrooms next time. That being said I will also be avoiding weed altogether from now on. I have had a lot of fun smoking it in the past but that time is over now and I need to move on to a healthier lifestyle.