Triora alerts: cannabis is already the most illegal drug used among Spanish youth

Triora Group alerts: cannabis is already the most illegal drug used among Spanish youth

Young Spaniards are the fourth that most cannabis have consumed in the last year in Europe. 

From Triora group, experts in addiction care, we warn that cannabis has become the most widespread illegal drug among young Spaniards, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare. 

The report of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) reveals that people aged 15 to 34 in Spain are the fourth most cannabis users in the last year in Europe. 

“Among the risks of cannabis use is apathetic-amotivational syndrome, a type of depression different from the usual one, generated as a result of the progressive and sustained poisoning of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) consumption,” said Cosme Sanchís, Triora general practitioner expert in addiction care. 

At the same time, he stressed that “there is a very high risk of psychotic symptoms, that although many improve with adequate medical treatment and of course with continued abstinence, sometimes they persist over time and become resistant to different pharmacological options , not forgetting that the consumption of any substance affects our entire body system globally, such as the respiratory, renal or hepatic system”. 

Sanchís has indicated that the time in which these pathologies appear is totally unpredictable. Among the variables that can determine its appearance are the dose, the predisposition of each person and even the type of cannabis consumed. "There is no single class and it is important to know the differences between the various types of cannabinoids, especially in the case of synthetics," said the expert from Triora. 

Synthetic cannabinoids are a compound that mimics the substance that is primarily responsible for the greatest psychoactive effects of cannabis. “These are very dangerous substances because they are much more powerful than natural cannabis and, in most cases, their effects are unknown, since they are manipulated and cut with other chemical and unknown compounds and they are different in almost all cases. In fact, there is a misperception among consumers as a "good, beautiful and cheap" substance, for medicinal purposes and safe consumption, "explained Sanchís. 

Most severe cases of synthetic cannabinoid poisoning show an increase in heart rate, vomiting, violent behaviour or psychotic episodes. They can also raise blood pressure, cause kidney damage and has even led to an increasing number of deaths in recent years, according to the latest UN data, which raise the estimated deaths linked to drug use worldwide about 585,000 in 2017, compared to 450,000 deaths in 2015. 

Cannabis addiction, like the rest of drugs, are treated by the multidisciplinary team of highly specialised professionals from Triora, composed of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, educators and health workers.

Triora Group alerts: cannabis is already the most illegal drug used among Spanish youth

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