Just when we thought better quality and higher potency-based weed couldn’t be any more anticipated, well here comes the medical industry with their concerns!
The rise of the super “gassy” weed has really became a “thing”, almost like a fab. Lately everyone has been offering or smoking these new heavyweights whom go by a few descriptive titles such as Rapper Weed, and Luxury Weed, has been truly floating the nation of its feet.
So much that, the medical experts, and surgeons have all been afraid that this may new uprise may potentially affect the masses in a physical and mental way. The following are a series of gathered details from a collective of blogs and medical posts….
Some 26 million Americans ages 12 and older reported being current marijuana users in 2017, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It’s not clear how many users have had serious health issues from strong weed, and there’s a lot that’s still unknown about the potential risks. But scientists are starting to learn more about some of them.
The potency of weed depends on the amount of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main compound responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects. One study of pot products seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found the potency increased from about 4% THC in 1995 to about 12% in 2014. By 2017, another studyshowed, the potency of illicit drug samples had gone up to 17.1% THC.
“That’s an increase of more than 300% from 1995 to about 2017,” says Staci Gruber, director of the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program at the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. “I would say that’s a considerable increase.”
And some products with concentrated forms of cannabis, like hash and hash oil, can have as much as 80% to 90% THC, she adds.
Pot’s paradoxical effects
THC can have opposite effects on our bodies at high and low doses, Volkow says. Take anxiety levels, for example.
“When someone takes marijuana at a low [THC] content to relax and to stone out, actually, it decreases your anxiety,” she says. But high concentrations can cause panic attacks, and if someone consumes high-enough levels of THC, “you become full-blown psychotic and paranoid.”
Weed can have a similar paradoxical effect on the vascular system. Volkow says: “If you take low-content THC it will increase your blood flow, but high content [THC] can produce massive vasoconstriction, it decreases the flow through the vessels.”
We would like to say to everyone, because cannabis can provide many positive, never forget too much of anything can be bad for you! Please be careful, and always choose what’s best when it comes down to your health.