JOHANNESBURG – Research has shown that 9% of individuals who experiment with cannabis will become addicted to it.
This number increases to 1 in 6 when use starts during adolescence.
The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that officers are no longer allowed to arrest adults in private spaces for using or growing dagga for their own use as it infringes on the right to privacy.
The South African Society of Psychiatrists (Sasop) notes with concern a growing public perception of cannabis as a ‘harmless’ plant.
According to Dr Abdul Kader Domingo, member of the Sasop Special Group on Addictions, it is estimated that 1 in 6 teenagers using cannabis will become addicted to it.
“Human brain development and maturation is a process that is guided by the body’s endogenous cannabinoid system and occurs until the early 20s. Exposure to phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids obtained from the cannabis plant) during this vulnerable period may disrupt the