Last updated on: 9/10/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Andrew Johns, MB Biography

Title:
Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Given that high doses of cannabis can cause a toxic psychosis, then it may be supposed it will aggravate the symptoms of schizophrenia. However, clinical experience suggests that some patients say that they take cannabis as a form of ‘self-medication’.”

“Psychiatric Effects of Cannabis,” British Journal of Psychiatry, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, 1999-present
  • Lead Clinician, Southwark Forensic Services, 1999-present
  • Programme Director, South London (East) Forensic Specialist Registrar Training
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry.
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry in London
  • Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Broadmoor Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital, and Maudsley Hospital
  • Senior Lecturer, Psychiatry of Addiction, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, 1988-1995
  • Clinical Director of Addiction Services, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, 1988-1995
Education:
  • Psychiatric trainee, Maudsley Hospital, 1981
  • MB, Guy’s Hospital, 1978
  • BS, Guy’s Hospital
  • BSc, school unknown
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych)
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?