Children over the age of nine are hospitalized for serious illnesses caused by cannabis.
Over 3,400 patients under the age of 19 were admitted last year due to drug-related mental illness and behavioral disorders.
Doctors are seeing a "whole new generation" with serious problems increasingly buying cannabis through social media sites.
James Hamilton, retired at the age of eleven Teacher Mama Janie became addicted to cannabis at age 14 and developed psychosis and depression
While boys make up the majority of cases, girls catch up.
And the numbers underestimate the extent of the problem because they count only the patients who were so ill that they were taken to a ward or specialist department.
The revelations came as evidence of the damage caused by the super-strong "Skunk" forms of cannabis Britain.
Last week, a major study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry found that powerful forms of the drug quintupled the risk of psychotic disorders. Shocking 30 percent of new cases of psychosis in London are related to skunk cannabis, researchers at King's College London found.
A study published in Lancet Psychiatry last week found that more effective forms of the drug are associated with a five-fold increase in psychotic disorders
Experts – and teenagers themselves – say cannabis has been through Instagram in recent years , Snapchat and Facebook have become much more accessible.
Dealers advertise openly on the websites. Many show photos of packaged cannabis and are ready for release.
Many children believe that cannabis is safer than alcohol and easier to get because they do not need a passport to buy it.
Cannabis is associated with serious mental illness including psychosis in which patients have hallucinations and delusions, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders.
Paul North, who worked in York and Leeds for drug therapies and is now director of independent think tank Volteface, said, "The ease with which teenagers can get drugs has increased massively."
"Social media is without Doubt is one of the most common ways to get drugs. Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook – it's very easy to buy and sell [use to] drugs. There are countless different accounts that you can follow, who will be constantly offering drugs for sale.
"It's an absolute nightmare for the police, and they just do not have the resources."
"If you think about it In the past, when children got drugs in the 60s, 70s and 80s, you have to look for a drug dealer, you have to go into a house and get to know them. What you can do now is get them on Instagram and get them to post them to you or appear at your home. "
Dr Niall Campbell, counseling psychiatrist at Priory Hospital in London who treats NHS patients, added," There is a whole new generation of teenagers who are in their early 20s, when emergencies are approved with paranoid psychoses linked to cannabis use. "
" They believe that they are being watched, persecuted, and heard 24 hours a day by unknown pursuers they want to hurt or kill. This can lead to violent or sometimes suicidal behaviors when fleeing from alleged persecutors.
"There is this ongoing urban myth that smoking cannabis is harmless and may be beneficial. Many people see cannabis as something that helps you to cool down – a drug that, unlike alcohol and cigarettes, even benefits your mental health. Statistics say the opposite.
NHS Digital figures received from the Daily Mail show showed 3,414 recordings for cannabis-induced mental disorders and behavioral disorders in U-19 patients in 2017/18. Among them were two involving children under the age of nine.
Ian Hamilton, a senior lecturer in psychiatric services at the University of York, said, "No matter where you are … cannabis is much more accessible than alcohol." 19659002] "The Home Office has legalized cannabis for medical use, and this message was quite verbal to young people. Cannabis is good-natured and harmless. "
Dr. Derek Tracy, a psychiatrist at the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in southeast London, has seen more young people with cannabis-related problems in the last three or four years.
He said, "While most people still receive cannabis from their friends, there has been a switch to social media platforms like Snapchat. I think it is changing the market.
The figures show that the number of girls under the age of 19 increased by 43 percent in the four years from 2014 to 2018, compared with a 34 percent increase in boys. There is a long-running debate about whether the UK should legalize cannabis for recreational purposes to Canada and some US states.
Supporters – including former Conservative leader William Hague, former Democrat Democrat leader Nick Clegg and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson – say the war on the drug is "irreversibly lost." But opponents, including the head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, argue that the legalization of cannabis would increase the rate of serious mental illness.
Some critics say the drug has been decriminalized by police by stealth fifth in two years.
A government spokesman said, "The government continues to invest in programs that have a positive impact on young people, and gives them the confidence and resilience to resist drugs."
The Wards are full of life Destroyed by this evil drug
Max Pemberton for the Daily Mail
Like me, you go to another mental health department and you are confronted with the tragic victims of our lack of attitude towards cannabis.
The growing evidence that the drug works has terrible effects on young people, not least the mail's disturbing story. One third of the cases of psychosis in London, according to research is the result of smoking skunk. Another study from Oxford University has shown that the risk of depression in adolescents is increased by 40 percent.
They join the hundreds of other studies showing that cannabis is far from harmless substance abuse cannabis is dangerous. harmful intoxicant that has profound effects on the structure and function of the brain.
Go to any psychiatric ward like me and you'll be confronted with the tragic victims of our lackadaisis attitude to cannabis
Cannabis is particularly dangerous to the developing brains of young people, yet this group is most often experimenting with the drug. There is no doubt that cannabis use is related to depression, anxiety, psychosis and avolition or poor motivation.
It's a bitter irony that, like us as a society, is developing greater understanding of mental illness and growing bigger. Concern and awareness, a drug that is directly responsible for destroying people's mental health, is becoming so prevalent. Particularly frustrating are the complacent, aging, liberal types who smoked the drug in the 60s, 70s and 80s. They claim that it has to be alright because they are still here. They do not know that not only many people have not survived the 60s and 70s unscathed, but also that the extremely strong Skunk cannabis on the street today is completely different than 15 years ago or even 30 years ago.
Nevertheless, the police looks bizarre, she is getting more and more relaxed. We do not enforce the cannabis law, which means that parents who courageously try to prevent their children from being supported by the criminal justice system. I remember visiting a young man's house whose parents were worried about his mental health. While his family waited nervously in the lounge, I hesitantly walked up the stairs and pushed open the bedroom door. In the corner he crouched, the carpet was strewn with hundreds of cigarette burn stains and scraps of paper torn to the floor by newspapers
Cannabis is particularly dangerous to the developing brains of young people, and yet this group is the most likely way to experiment with the drug itself. In the end, he was separated and taken to a psychiatric hospital, another broken mind that joined the many who lost to the drug.
His parents agreed that he soon began to change after taking his GCSEs. He started using skunk and rarely came out of his room. It was only a matter of time before he arrived at the hospital.
The Stations are full of similar examples of human lives that have sometimes been temporarily or sometimes permanently destroyed. I've seen dozens of people become psychotic with cannabis, and the number has been increasing lately, the stronger the stronger forms.
The lives destroyed by cannabis are not visible to everyone because they see everyone locked up in psychiatric institutions.
MUM'S WARNING TO YOUNGSTERS: END PLAYING THE RUSSIAN ROULETTE
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James Hamilton became addicted to cannabis at the age of 14 and developed psychosis and depression.
His parents believe that he was introduced to the drug by his friends while he stays with his aunt. They found out when he was 15, after his behavior became unpredictable.
James was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and died in July 2015 at the age of 36 after he had refused the treatment of testicular cancer. His mother, Janie Hamilton, 67, from North Dorset, said teenagers "play Russian roulette" with their sanity.
The retired teacher added: "It is true that some people will use it and get away with it, but when young people experiment with the drug, they only know when it's too late, if it's affected by it Often the effects are irreversible, and they can struggle with mental illness for the rest of their lives.
"You can look at your friend and think he is okay when he smokes, but the damage is slow they are already affected. "
Ms. Hamilton, who works in schools on the dangers of cannabis, said her son was a" brilliant writer, "" funny, "and dreamed of being a journalist.
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KATIE began smoking cannabis at the age of 12. She spent £ 30 on the drug per day paid at her age of 13 at the age of 13. 19659002] She is now 17 years old e old and has not used the drug for two years. She had a violent reaction when she smoked a joint that had been mixed with another substance.
Katie from North Yorkshire said, "I hang out with a good many older people. They knew people who knew about it, so I could get dealer numbers.
"I noticed that I was really paranoid at the age of 13.
" I always became very angry, like a bit psychotic.
"Now people are setting up accounts on Snapchat and Instagram advertising there."