The Growing Problem Of Potent Cannabis And Addiction

The Growing Problem Of Potent Cannabis And Addiction

A new study published in Lancet Psychiatry finds that cannabis potency has increased worldwide in recent decades as more people become addicted to marijuana.

Potent cannabis linked to more worldwide addiction

Cannabis potency has increased worldwide in recent decades. And this is linked to people becoming addicted to marijuana. Scientists suggest that this is due to the significantly higher levels of THC in new cannabis strains with increased availability.

Higher concentrations of THC can lead to addiction and mental health problems.

For research, a THC unit is 5 milligrams of THC, which produces mild intoxication. Low-potency products are 5-10 milligrams per gram of THC.

Tom Freeman, a researcher of the study and director at the University of Bath, England, claims that cannabis potency is a factor in addiction. The study, one of the highest quality ones according to Dr. Freeman, found that high-potency cannabis increases the risk of addiction four times than low-potency ones.

A recent study by Dr. Freeman and colleagues looked at the links between cannabis potency and mental health and addiction analyzed 20 studies. This analysis found that anxiety, depression, psychosis, and cannabis use disorder or marijuana addiction are all associated with high levels of cannabis potency.

In general, a cannabis use disorder was more likely with the use of higher potency cannabis, as opposed to lower potency.

News reported on the connection between potency and addiction rates in marijuana. Dr. Freeman stated it’s concerned with trends in treatment across the world.

In the past decade, a 76% increase in people entering treatment for cannabis addiction was across Europe. Research also found that about 3 in 10 people who use marijuana seem to have cannabis use disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Cannabis addiction rates have increased over the past 20 years, with more people seeking treatment except in Africa.

The THC levels in marijuana have increased by about 5.7 milligrams each year between 1975 and 2017.

Many consumers may not know how potent their product is or what potency means. Those who buy from a store where marijuana is sold legally may be able to review the product label and understand the information about the potency of their product. However, those who buy cannabis illegally don’t have this option because they don’t have access to reliable information about the potency of their product.

To lessen the effects people may use less cannabis or take smaller breaths. However, because high-potency products still deliver a larger dose than low-potency products, this may not work as well as you had anticipated.

Increasing toxicity in marijuana seems to have a correlation with marijuana-related psychosis. When contacted for comment, Dr Freeman warned that people who use a potent form of marijuana could experience delusions and hearing voices.

Research outcomes vary in their connection to anxiety and depression. Additionally, there is a lack of data for other common mental health disorders.


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