From Drugs to Diagnosis: What relationships can be seen between the use of cannabis and psychosis and related disorders?

Barfoot, Cameron (2017) From Drugs to Diagnosis: What relationships can be seen between the use of cannabis and psychosis and related disorders? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Cannabis is a substance which is thought to have been consumed by humans for thousands of years, and has considerably grown in popularity in the past 100 years. As a result of this, the influence which the use of cannabis can have upon an individual’s mental health has come into question in recent times.
This literature review will aim to investigate the relationship which may exist between the use of cannabis, and psychosis and related disorders. This will be done through the identification of themes which may exist throughout the reviewed literature, and then drawing conclusions in relation to these themes based on evidence gathered in the reviewed literature. The results of this literature review suggest that: cannabis use can increase the risk of the onset of psychosis; the use of cannabis can be seen to increase the likelihood of experiencing psychotic symptoms; cannabis use can still be identified as a risk factor in relation to psychosis and related disorders when used alongside other substances, and finally, the use of cannabis can increase the risk of an earlier onset of psychosis or related disorder. From these findings, it was possible to identify areas of social work practice which could be developed. It was suggested that multi-agency working is developed, improving the consistency of the support provided to service users by professionals. It has also been suggested that the education of professionals, parents and young people in relation to drug use and its risks are all improved to make this information more accessible to those who need it.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Social Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cannabis, psychosis, mental health, psychotic symptoms, drugs, drug abuse, substance misuse
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Departments > Social Work
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:38
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:38
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2891

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