TThe NHS has opened the first cannabis treatment clinic in the United Kingdom in response to the high levels of psoriasis induced by "skunk".
Skunk users, a particularly potent form of cannabis, have symptoms of psychosis at an alarming rate according to the psychiatrist who leads the pilot clinic based in King's College London.
Dr. Marta Di Forti described the cannabis-induced psychosis as a "crisis" that can not be ignored. Tens of thousands of people are affected, he told The Mail on Sunday.
The clinic will treat drug users who have experienced psychosis for the first time through a three-month program that attempts to dismiss users of the substance. Hallucinations often occur as a result of psychosis and the disease can also make a person paranoid and in difficulties.
Di Forti said that he has been overwhelmed by the number of cannabis users who present him with symptoms of psychosis.
"It became ridiculous how many psychosis patients were also cannabis smokers," said adult psychiatrist consultant and professor at King's College London. "It reached the point that two-thirds of my psychosis patients had a history of cannabis use."