Menace or medicine – cannabis comes under scrutiny

Cannabis is one of the most widely used illegal drugs in the world and studies suggest using it can lead to mental health problems. It can also be addictive and affect the memory.

Yet in recent weeks the first cannabis based medicine has been licensed by UK regulators to treat patients with multiple sclerosis.

The highs and lows of the drug will be debated at Café Controversial – the first of a new series of FREE talks organised by the University of Aberdeen.

Cannabis: Menace or Medicineis the title of the talk being given by Professor Ruth Ross at the city’s Satrosphere Science Centre on September 20 at 7pm.

Professor Ross, a pharmacologist at the University of Aberdeen, said: “I'll be talking about the dual aspects of cannabis - its medical potential and its detrimental effects caused by recreational use.

“Studies have shown that some teenagers who smoke cannabis are at an increased risk of psychosis.

“Yet a cannabis based medicine –– has just been licensed for the treatment of symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.

“This type of medicine may also have the potential for treating cancer and chronic pain.”

“On the other hand, recreational cannabis use is associated with significant health risks.”

Cannabis: Menace or Medicine? is part of Techfest In September.