In a new report, it has been revealed that there are some major issues that come with using high-potency pot.
High-potency marijuana is causing addiction and memory issues as well as psychiatric issues.
The report, published by Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K., was conducted by London-based Volteface, which is seeking marijuana reform.
The study tested 50 samples of cannabis in Manchester, all of which had high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of the drug that produces the “high.” The samples also had inconsequential amounts of cannabidiols (CBDs), the protective compound of the drug that prevents marijuana from becoming unsafe.
When there is higher THC, the risk is larger for psychosis, addiction, and memory impairment.
Amir Englund, an expert in cannabinoid psychopharmacology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, told NewsWeek,
“Because both THC and CBD are made from the same material in the plant, more of one means less of the other.”
Some of the experiments that Englund has conducted has shown that CBD can counter the negative effects of high doses of THC in healthy volunteers.
According to him, growers are cross-breeding plants for more THC production over CBD. He says, “Some of the reasons why these varieties are more popular include the fact that they are more cost-effective to produce (more total drug-yield per plant) and more popular among frequent users.”