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Recently I published my book Matters To A Head: Cannabis, Mental Illness & Recovery as a contribution to the public debate on the place of cannabis in our society. My own experiences with using the drug, and the mental illness that incapacitated me in my mid-twenties led me to believe that there is insufficient recognition of cannabis as an addictive and sometimes harmful drug. My family and I also discovered how little information there was available on the relationship between cannabis and mental illness, and that there has been a lack of appropriate treatment and service provision to people who suffer with a dual diagnosis.
My favourite quote in my book comes from my father, who made the potent observation that the problem with cannabis is that “some people can get away with smoking marijuana and some can’t. But by the time you find out you’re a can’t, it’s already too late”. That was certainly my experience.