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Debate tends not to take into account the effects of cannabis on what is an at-risk section of the population, namely teenagers.

Debate tends not to take into account the effects of cannabis on what is an at-risk section of the population, namely teenagers.

Debate tends not to take into account the effects of cannabis on what is an at-risk section of the population, namely teenagers.

Social tolerance of cannabis use is higher than ever, but it is no time for complacency. A recent conference in Dublin organised by The Addiction Group at the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, TCD, highlighted the effects of cannabis use on the teenage brain, and gave insight into the current wave of research aimed at predicting use in young people.

In the last couple of years, the debate around cannabis use has changed from the old quarrel over what 'class' of drug it is legally, moving towards the possible medical benefits of cannabis - more specifically the active chemical cannabidiol - on the basis that it may have a positive role to play in the treatment of physical and mental ailments.

We have heard wonder-stories around the use of cannabidiol (otherwise known as CBD), for chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more. There is clearly work to be done in establishing exactly what CBD has to offer. But there is also the risk that enthusiasm for the possible benefits will outweigh caution around the known harms.


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