There was a time when the use of cannabis was limited to treatments of pains and certain diseases. In recent times, though, the cannabis industry has flourished so much so that it’s use without a prescription has become common.
Today, people are making use of cannabis for recreational purposes. For them, it has become a so-called safe way to get high. Keeping this in view, manufacturers have raised THC markers to offer a better high, a per a new study. This is where the problem starts. THC, which is also found in marijuana, has psychoactive properties.
Said research points out that the excess use of this substance can put users at the risk of developing a condition called Cannabis Use Disorder.
Cannabis Use Disorder
Cannabis use disorder is a condition characterized by one’s uncontrollable, repeated, and compulsive use of cannabis. An individual who has this condition feels a strong desire to continue his use of cannabis despite the consequent distress caused to him.
There are several problems that accompany this disorder. Its victims may feel intoxicated. They may act impulsively and irresponsibly. They may also withdraw form the society and face a decline in their cognitive functionality. Impaired judgment, short term memory loss, impaired learning, impaired motor coordination skills are some ways one’s mental functionality is compromised.
Cannabis addiction may also cause anxiety, hallucinations, difficulty in staying alert, and paranoia. It can also increase one’s tolerance to the substance. Over and above that, some people can have CUD despite not showing any signs of addiction.
As per a new research that has been carried out at the Department of Psychology at Iowa University, manufacturers are increasing THC content in cannabis. The study has been published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal and also states that youngsters, who start marijuana use early on in their lives are more likely to develop CUD.
The potency of the cannabis is a problem here. The more potent the cannabis smoked, the higher the risk of developing CUD since the content of THC goes higher. However, it must be noted that this study had a few limitations. First off, potency tests were conducted on DEA seized cannabis.
Most examinations of potency were carried out on the cannabis that belonged to foreigners who were taking it back to their countries. It was also taken from areas where cannabis smoking is considered a crime. This makes the results impractical. It can be concluded that more research is needed to prove these claims.
A new research claims that the THC content in cannabis products has been increased by manufacturers over the years. This has increased the risks of developing cannabis use disorder. The same study also says that those who start cannabis use at an early age have a higher risk of developing CUD.
Keeping in view the limiting nature of the study, it cannot be generalized. However, one must bear in mind that cannabis use disorder does happen and more often than not. It is a condition in which a person becomes addicted to cannabis and experiences withdrawal symptoms.