Frequently asked questions about Marijuana:
- Is cannabis stronger today (higher THC content)?
- Is marijuana addictive?
- Is marijuana usage harmful?
- What are the short-term effects of marijuana?
- What are the long-term effects of marijuana?
Is cannabis stronger today (higher THC content)?
Yes, it is quite a bit stronger today than it was 20-30 years ago (averaging 1 to 3% THC content many years ago). Opinions vary as to how much stronger but the consensus seems to be that cannabis, on average, is anywhere from 3 to 10 times stronger today. This figure could go even higher (pun not intended) when you consider hash, hash oil, and keef, which can be as high as 25% THC content.
Is marijuana addictive?
I can speak from personal and from professional experiences that, yes, marijuana is addictive for certain individuals. Dr. Leslie L. Iverson, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Cambridge in England has studied marijuana extensively and his research demonstrated that approximately 10 to 13% of marijuana users will become addicted, albeit a lower rates of addiction than other substances.
Is marijuana usage harmful?
Many of us know people who use marijuana on occasion and seem to function quite well. Of course we also know others who regularly use marijuana and seem to be functioning at about half their capacity. Scientists have documented a number of negative effects of marijuana usage.
What are the short-term effects of marijuana?
- Sensory distortion
- Poor coordination of movement
- Lowered reaction time
- Increased heartbeat
What are the long-term effects of marijuana?
- Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)
- Suppression of the immune system
- Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body
- Reduction in sperm count, sex drive and reduced libido
- Rapid destruction of lung fibers
- Reduced ability to learn and retain information
- Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
- Personality and mood changes
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