Cannabis puts 27000 people a year in hospital: Rise in admissions could be due to increase in use of super-strength …

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Stephen Adams for The Mail on Sunday Tens of thousands of people are ending up in hospital with cannabis-related health problems, official figures have revealed. There were 27,501 admissions linked to cannabis in England in 2016/17, a 15 per cent rise in just two years from 23,866 in 2014/15. Labour MP Jeff Smith, who requested the figures on cannabis-related hospitalisations, said the large increase was ‘a concern’.  The influential medical journal The Lancet has just taken the unprecedented step of branding cannabis a ‘huge risk to health’. Mr Smith, an ex-DJ who has admitted taking drugs, said: ‘It could be that the rise in hospital admissions is associated with rises in particular types of cannabis being used – street cannabis now tends to be more “skunk”.’ Tens of thousands of people are ending up in hospital with cannabis-related health problems, official figures have revealed. (File photo) ‘Skunk’ has a high concentration of the main psychoactive compound THC, which is strongly linked to increased risk of psychosis. A recent study based on drugs seized by police found that 94 per cent of cannabis now sold on UK streets is ‘skunk’. Cannabis puts 27000 people a year in hospital: Rise in admissions could be due to increase in use of super-strength …

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