Ever since the popularity of marijuana in the United States began in the 1960s, the THC levels have been ever increasing. However, they have been exponentially increasing since marijuana became legalized in select states across the US. This has been devastating for those using the drug as it makes it that much more addictive. As THC levels rise, so do health risks of mental health, addiction, and physical health. 

The Facts

According to the National Institutes of Health, THC levels have risen over 212% between 1995 and 2015. Despite some states regulating marijuana for medical use only, there have been no reports that have found such potent THC levels beneficial for any medical treatment or condition. Instead, the products are created specifically to produce a high. High levels of THC in marijuana flower, dabs, oil, edibles, and shatters is more likely to lead individuals to addiction.

Marijuana from the 1960s and ‘70s was not thought to be addictive because there were no withdrawal symptoms associated with the drug. Today, marijuana is now considered addictive due to the high THC levels, which cause withdrawal symptoms. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 9% of those who use marijuana will become addicted. Those who use it every day are more likely to become addicted to the drug.

The Effects of Potent THC

Today, using high levels of THC in one’s smoking habits is common. When used over an extended period, these higher levels can lead to a variety of health consequences. These include cognitive delays, distortions, impaired coordination, lethargy, decrease perception of time, and hunger. With extended use, you may experience memory problems, irrational thinking, and other dangerous cognitive issues. 

Traditional marijuana with lower THC levels can generally help calm anxiety. However, higher THC levels can cause more anxiety, sometimes even resulting in panic attacks. You may even end up developing psychosis or having suicidal thoughts. It is best to avoid marijuana altogether, as the THC levels are not highly regulated, causing them not to be truly known. 

In recent years, the levels of THC in marijuana plants have increased exponentially. With the rise of THC levels, the drug has become more and more dangerous and highly addictive. Marijuana used to be thought not to be addictive since there were no known withdrawal symptoms. However, today, marijuana is considered highly addictive because the high THC levels cause a person to need more and more to achieve the same high. These high levels of THC also have negative health consequences, including problems with coordination, anxiety, paranoia, lethargy, distortions, possible psychosis, cognitive delays, and more. If you or someone you know is struggling with marijuana addiction, reach out to Alta Loma. We have seen the effects of marijuana on people’s lives and understand how high levels of THC can cause destruction. Get help with us today by calling (866) 457-3843. Together, we can develop a treatment plan for you and get you to live a happy, healthy, and sober life.