Studies Propose ‘Skunk-like Cannabis’ Increases Risk Of Psychosis

cannabisStudy shows that 24 per cent of new psychosis cases is as a result of smoking potent cannabis (Skunk).

King’s College, London’s research carried out by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience on 780 persons, suggests that the risk of psychosis develops more, as a result of high consumption of potent cannabis (skunk).

A spokesperson for the research group said the report underlines why cannabis is illegal.

Scientists found the risk of psychosis was five times higher for those who use it regularly compared to non-users.

The scientists also concluded that the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increasing the risk of psychosis.

Psychosis refers to delusions or hallucinations that can be present in certain psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Dr Marta Di Forti, lead author on the research, had said that, “compared with those who had never tried cannabis, users of high potency skunk-like cannabis had a threefold increase in risk of psychosis, adding that the result of the test shows the risk in the use of Cannabis depends on the frequency of use and the content,

Dr Di Forti in a radio programme said the availability of skunk-like cannabis was becoming more widespread.

Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at King’s, also commented: “This paper suggests that we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no-one smoked high potency cannabis, adding that it could save young patients a lot of suffering and the NHS a lot of money.”

Communication Technology Ministry is growing -Minister

On Question time today, the Minister of Communication Technology; Mrs Omobola Johnson who has been in office now for a year after the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan created the new office.

Looking at her personal background, there’s no doubt that she probably is the person fit for the office as a pioneer as she is knowledgeable in the I.T field with a bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester and a Master’s Degree in Digital Electronics from Kings College London.

Question Time decided to put on the hot seat to know what steps her ministry has been taking in the past year to make sure that Nigeria is listed amongst nations that has embraced ICT and as a developed country too.

The Minister also spoke about factors militating against quality delivery of telecom operators in the country and what has been done to tackle these challenges.