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Cannabis consumption by UK teens is a ticking time bomb, warns president elect

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 22 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p407
  1. Adele Waters
  1. The BMJ

The incoming president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for a public information campaign to be launched about the consequences to British teenagers of regularly smoking cannabis.

Shubulade Smith, who takes up the post in July, warned that high consumption was associated with a risk of developing psychosis in later life.

Speaking in an interview with The BMJ, she warned, “The government should see this as a potential ticking time bomb.

“If you start smoking cannabis—especially the strong stuff, and most of it now is strong—regularly, say once a week from your mid-teens, your risk of developing a psychotic illness is five times higher than usual by the time …

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