Canada has decided to legalize cannabis as a recreational drug for all its citizens. Justification: the usual depressing and ill thought out pseudo liberal narrative. This regrettable decision makes Canada the first G7 nation to go this far. Obviously the country’s leaders have not looked into the serious mental health damage this drug has done to thousands of teenagers worldwide. Even though it is illegal for minors to buy the drug , this has never stopped the impressionable and vulnerable young between the ages of 12- 19 from indulging in this recreation. Teenage brains are not fully developed until the age of 25. The introduction of any drug/toxic substance to the brain of a teenager/ young person under this age has serious consequences.
Contrary to common belief, cannabis is not harmless. It is responsible for most cases of serious mental health issues among teenagers. Schizophrenia is a case in point. Cannabis triggers the onset or relapse of schizophrenia in most users particularly among teenagers with a predisposition to mental health issues.. Use of the drug exacerbates dormant symptoms. A visit to a any psychiatric ward in the UK will provide doubters with the unpleasant facts. Most recent studies show that use of marijuana during adolescence significantly increases the risk of schizophrenia.
An exception has to be made for medicinal Cannabis – cannabis oil prescribed by a qualified physician for the treatment of epilepsy and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. Although made of cannabis its psychoactive ingredient THC level is almost non-existent. As such it cannot be described as a recreational drug. Its effect is nevertheless formidable. With THC you can imagine the harm it does on a healthy brain.
An other argument put forward to defend the use of cannabis as “a harmless drug” is the assertion that it is not cannabis that is the problem but its high-potency sister known in the UK as Skunk When I asked a young family acquaintance who developed serious mental health problems recently why he didn’t stick to the “harmless” cannabis instead of moving on to Skunk he replied that after a while cannabis did not give him the high he and his friends sought and enjoyed. The door will be wide open to unscrupulous dealers to modify the drug into higher potency versions to satisfy the growing demand of users,
Those who are lucky enough to have escaped serious cannabis-induced mental health problems have other issues to contend with: indolence, lethargy not to mention an assault on their creativity and physical energy. The cost to the community at large, to family and friends is often underestimated.
The Canadian government had better start building new psychiatric wards to accommodate the inevitable influx of new mental health patients seeking treatment for their newly found recreation!