Cannabis is not only becoming more popular in the United States but is also becoming more accepted from a social standpoint. With new legislation coming into effect each year, and more states committing to medical marijuana programs, it seems to be a great time to hop on the cannabis train.
However, we do not often talk about some of the darker and more serious health effects that can actually be created from using cannabis too much, or with too high of a potency. Did you know that there is a huge difference in the weed you are smoking based on its potency? Back in the 1970s when weed was still illegal, you may find marijuana with 14% THC potency to be some of the highest around.
Nowadays, you can find solvent based cannabis concentrates with anywhere from 50% to 70% THC potency. Even more alarming, you could potentially find weed with even higher potencies depending on where you look. While it is great that we have come far enough as a society to develop even more potent strains of cannabis and related products, it is safe to say that there are some health concerns in this area. In fact, some states have already begun to address this issue by placing potency caps on all marijuana products manufactured and sold in that state.
This means that these products must not contain a higher percentage of THC than what is allowed by the state authorities. In Vermont, for example, raw flower cannabis is capped at 30% potency, and concentrates are capped at 60%. There is talk in other states of lowering the potency cap to something as little as 15%, which is honestly too low in my opinion. However, there is a good reason for all the concern around this issue, and that is because using extremely potent marijuana products can have some pretty serious repercussions down the road in the form of health risks and conditions. So what are these risks?
One of the biggest concerns with using high potency cannabis in the long term is the cardiovascular damage and increased risk for heart attack. Some studies that have been done regarding long term use of marijuana suggest that there are some long term effects on one’s heart and cardiovascular system. This is mostly due to smoking and inhaling a large amount of weed and THC, which can lead to these problems.
Another problem that is associated with long term cannabis usage is memory loss and decreased cognitive function. Many people are already familiar with the old sayings about marijuana killing your brain cells and whatnot, but there is actually some research that suggests marijuana abuse can lead to decreased brain function and long term memory loss. Again, it is important to remember that cannabis usage is still relatively young in our world.
While we know that people have been using marijuana for centuries, we still do not have any conclusive evidence about how it will affect one’s body and mind if used frequently over long periods of time. We know that tobacco is extremely addictive and bad for the lungs and respiratory system, but we do not generally put marijuana in the same category.
There are lots of positive benefits to using medical marijuana, including a variety of health benefits and all of that. However, it is important to keep in mind that these things should be done in moderation. Marijuana is generally a risk free and natural alternative to a lot of medications and treatment options out there, but there are still risks to consider!