The strength of Irish cannabis has more than doubled in the last decade leading to increasing numbers of young people seeking treatment for addiction and psychosis. The strength of cannabis resin coming from Morocco has been increasing at a particularly fast rate in recent years compared with cannabis herb, according to a European-wide study published in the scientific journal Addiction. Ireland has seen a consistent rise in cannabis users entering drug treatment since 2007, leading many treatment groups to offer cannabis-specific programmes. In 2007 about 1,000 people entered drug treatment because of their cannabis use. In 2016, 27 per cent of those in drug treatment were there because of cannabis use, second only to those seeking treatment for heroin addiction (40 per cent).
Source: The Irish Times January 12, 2019 04:52 UTC