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Higher Potency Does Not Mean More Addiction to Marijuana

Higher Potency Does Not Mean More Addiction to Marijuana

According to a recent study conducted, smokers of marijuana and their behavior towards it is defined by the potency of the pot they smoke. This would depend on how much of the psychoactive ingredient THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol] they inhale. This determines who will get addicted. Researchers have gone back and forth on whether smokers of high-potency cannabis varieties are at greater danger to get addicted to it because they get more of THC? Or do they use strong pot to smoke less of it in smaller quantities?

Higher Potency Does Not Mean More Addiction to Marijuana

The authors of the new study have come to the conclusion that it really doesn’t matter. They have realized that people who smoke more potent forms of pot are no more likely to get addicted than people who smoke weaker varieties of it. The levels of THC, one inhales while smoking pot, does not affect the addiction. Interestingly, the style of pot smoking is what gets a person hooked.

“No drug use is without risk,” stated lead author Peggy van der Pol, a doctoral candidate at the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction. “When using stronger cannabis you will likely take in more THC than when using less potent cannabis,” she told Reuters Health via an e-mail. As stated by Van der Pol, the most recent studies done on cannabis addiction studies how frequently a person smoke pot and their styles.

Van der Pol’s teams analyzed research material from ninety-eight adults who were participants in a study of marijuana smokers in Netherlands. Each year they stated that they smoked pot at least 3 days a week in that year. The study started with more than 3/4th of the subjects being men the average age of 23. Later they were asked to smoke their own marijuana and data was recorded. It was found that those who smoked a more potent variety did not smoke any less than the others.

Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) told Reuters Health via e-mail, “This is an important study that helps to understand that increasing potency of marijuana may be related to increasing blood levels of THC, despite some reductions in how much people smoke when the marijuana is stronger.”


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