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Cannabis addiction is on the rise thanks to the high concentration of THC

Already the second most common substance in Canada, cannabis use rose after its legalization and then again during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A new study shows that the combination of increased use and higher concentrations of THC is causing more people to become addicted to cannabis.It has long been believed that, unlike many other drugs, cannabis cannot be addicted – but this is not the case.

Contrary to popular belief, people Can become addicted to cannabis,” according to Canada.ca. “Continuous, frequent, and heavy cannabis use can cause Physical dependence and addiction.

The study, published last week in the Lancet Psychiatry, showed that higher concentrations of THC (more than 10 milligrams per gram of THC) increase the number of addicts, which also increases the likelihood that more people will experience mental health outcomes.

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“One of the higher quality studies included in our publication found that high-potency cannabis use, compared with low-potency cannabis (5 milligrams THC or less), was associated with a fourfold increased risk of addiction,” said study co-author Tom Freeman, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Director The addiction and mental health team at the University of Bath in the UK said CNN.

Similarly, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) He said In January 2021, cannabis consumption rose in Canada. Also discuss the downsides to being addicted.

“We know that regular use of cannabis leads to greater health problems, addiction and other mental health disorders,” said lead researcher Dr. Tara Elton Marshall, independent scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH, at the time. “Seeing a steady increase in cannabis use during the first wave of the epidemic is a concern.”

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Center for Disease Control He said In the United States, approximately 30% of marijuana users suffer from cannabis use disorder – the medical term for marijuana addiction.

CNN cited the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Addiction’s findings of a 76% increase in people entering treatment for cannabis dependence over the past decade, “while the potency of cannabis has continued to rise over the same time.”

CNN said in grams of cannabis, the dried and harvested tops of commonly smoked marijuana plants, THC concentrations increased by about 2.9 milligrams each year, according to the Study 2020 by Freeman and his team at the University of Bath.

The study found that in cannabis resin, the sticky brown sap on the plant from which extracts and concentrates are made, THC levels increased by about 5.7 milligrams each year from 1975 to 2017. Concentrated products can reach extremely high levels of THC.

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The study also said that as the potency of marijuana increased, so did the incidence of marijuana-related psychosis.

“CBD, another compound in cannabis, can reduce some of the negative effects such as memory impairment, paranoia and elevated heart rate. Few people experience psychotic symptoms or other mental health issues when using cannabis that has a higher CBD content. ”

stats from Canadian Cannabis Survey 2021 showed that cannabis use actually decreased slightly in 2021 compared to 2020 (which includes the first waves of the epidemic) for both males (31% to 29%) and female Canadians (23% to 22%).

Information for 2022 is not yet available.

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