▷ Child and adolescent psychiatrists: Cannabis must remain banned


29.10.2021 – 01:00

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Child and adolescent psychiatrists: Cannabis must remain banned

Prof. Thomasius from the German Center for Addiction Issues: Cannabis damages the brain and the intelligence of adolescents

Osnabrück. The well-known child and youth psychiatrist Prof. Rainer Thomasius has urgently warned the politicians of the Ampel coalition against legalizing cannabis. This step would exacerbate mental disorders and health problems, especially among young people in Germany. In an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ), the head of the German Center for Addiction Issues in Children and Adolescents at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) said: “Countries like the USA, Canada and Portugal, which have legalized cannabis, show that consumption in connection with legalization is increasing by about 30 percent and the associated mental disorders are about 25 percent higher than in states without legalization. “

The youth psychiatrist, who has 35 years of experience in treatment, referred to studies according to which smoking weed is particularly harmful to the brain in adolescents: “We have evidence that cannabis has a very strong effect on brain development and maturation.” In adolescents who regularly consumed cannabis, the intelligence quotient drops by eight to nine points, and schooling and training are made more difficult. In addition, depression and anxiety increased. Every second adolescent who smoke weed very regularly becomes physically dependent. The risk of developing psychoses is also more than three times as high. Thomasius said: “You can also say: Cannabis robs young people of their future opportunities. We child and adolescent psychiatrists say very clearly: Until the age of 18, not a single joint should be smoked at all.”

According to the expert, Germany is currently pursuing a successful cannabis policy, as comparative European studies would show. The proportion of regular consumers is low, the illegal market is limited, and there are good prevention and help offers. “Seen in this way, there is absolutely no need for action in the direction of legalization,” warned Thomasius. He criticized the fact that even SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach had spoken out in favor of legalization in order to allegedly put a stop to the trade in heroin-infused cannabis: “It is unfair for politicians to support legalization efforts with such modest arguments.”

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