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Heidelberg psychiatrist emphasizes the danger of cannabis

2021-10-15T07:03:43.879Z

The Heidelberg psychiatrist Christian Wolf pointed out the dangerousness of the narcotic in the debate about the legalization of cannabis. The claim that cannabis is harmless is no longer scientifically tenable, said the head of the section for cognitive neuropsychiatry at Heidelberg University Hospital of the "Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung" (Friday).



The Heidelberg psychiatrist Christian Wolf pointed out the dangerousness of the narcotic in the debate about the legalization of cannabis.

The claim that cannabis is harmless is no longer scientifically tenable, said the head of the section for cognitive neuropsychiatry at Heidelberg University Hospital of the "Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung" (Friday).

Heidelberg - "You won't be doing yourself a medical favor if you put into perspective that it is safer than other substances," said Wolf. Cannabis is a serious problem from the perspective of a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. According to the psychiatrist, it represents the greatest danger in the long term, especially for people in puberty or young adults.

From Wolf's point of view, one of the main problems is the development of dependency.

Of people who used cannabis at least once a week or more, an average of 30 percent of cases developed addiction.

But you have to do with other comorbidities, such as addiction to alcohol, other drugs, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia.

In addition, there would be other long-term consequences, said Wolf of the newspaper.

These include adverse changes in memory, concentration and other cognitive functions.

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All three parties can imagine a more permissive use of the drug than has been the case so far.

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Source: merkur

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