Addiction specialist speaks out about kids' cannabis trials

MEDICINAL cannabis trials in Australian kids should be shelved because long-term damage to developing brains will likely outweigh short-term benefits, an addiction medicine specialist says.

Dr Philip Crowley of Royal Adelaide Hospital says longitudinal studies of young cannabis users' brains show the drug is linked to substance abuse and deficits in memory and emotional regulation.

So while cannabis may reduce seizure threshold in young people with epilepsy, it's going to cause more harm than good in the long run, he