Schizophrenia - the cannabis link
Is this the 'tobacco moment' for cannabis?
The first in a groundbreaking series by Patrick Cockburn on the lessons of his sonís psychosis
Patrick Cockburn Author Biography
Monday 26 November 2012
Henry Cockburn was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2002 at the age of 20. Before that he was a heavy cannabis user.
His father, Patrick Cockburn, The Independent's award-winning foreign correspondent, has long wondered whether the two were linked and spent months speaking to the world's leading experts in the field. In a four-part series prompted by his son's condition, he will examine the medical evidence linking sustained cannabis use with schizophrenia, before going on to look at the way the mentally ill have been let down by the health service and stigmatised by public opinion, and concluding on Thursday with his manifesto for a more humane and effective system Ė accompanied each day by Henry's account of his journey from pyschosis to a normal life.