Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Cannabis: Too much, too young?

Filed under

It is a frightening conclusion, and one that is already starting to shape the debate over the legal status of cannabis. In the UK, van Os's findings have been seized upon by politicians, tabloid newspapers and mental-health lobby groups who want drug laws tightened up. But their case is far from made. Some researchers say there are potentially fatal flaws in the research, and that it would be a serious mistake to change the law based on an as-yet unproven theory. So who is right? The answer, it turns out, is more complex than it first appears.

Compared with substances like heroin and crack cocaine, cannabis is seen by many people as relatively harmless. Several European countries take a lenient view of its use, and in the UK marijuana was downgraded from a class B to a class C drug last year, meaning people caught with small quantities are not usually arrested.

But doctors have long known that taking a lot of cannabis over a short period can occasionally cause temporary symptoms of psychosis, one of the hallmarks of schizophrenia (see "Psychosis explained"). The question of whether the drug has long-term mental health consequences, however, is much more contentious.

What should be done about it, however, remains an open question. Van Os advocates that teenagers with a personal or family history of mental illness be urged to steer clear of the drug. He also advocates legal changes: governments should focus on keeping cannabis out of the hands of teenagers and outlawing extra-strong varieties of cannabis, such as skunk and white widow.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

KDE Signs the User Data Manifesto 2.0

KDE, through its legal body KDE e.V., is one of the launch partners and initial signatories of the User Data Manifesto 2.0. The User Data Manifesto defines basic rights for people to control their own data in the internet age: Control over user data access Knowledge of how the data is stored Freedom to choose a platform Read more

Android 6.0, Marshmallow: The complete FAQ

Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow release is full of fresh new features and flavors. This detailed FAQ has everything you need to know. Read more

Red Hat News

What Are Linux Meta-packages?

A ‘meta-package’ is a convenient way to bulk-install groups of applications, their libraries and documentation. Many Linux distributions use them for a variety of purposes, from seeding disk images that will go on to become new releases, to creating software “bundles” that are easy for a user to install. A meta-package rarely contains anything other than a changelog and perhaps copyright information, it contains no applications or libraries within itself. The way they work is by having a list of “dependencies” that the package manager reads. The package manager then goes to the repositories to find the dependencies and installs them. Read more