All over the world, marijuana is being legalized. This in turn have caused more people to become heavy users of the drug. Sure, there are widespread studies that herald the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of marijuana. But why are many concerned?
Find out why marijuana is actually more dangerous than you think.
Marijuana is More Dangerous Than You Think
Everyone knows that cannabis or marijuana is grown as a plant. The one smoked came from the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds of the cannabis plant. It contains THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a mind-altering, or psychoactive, substance.
Over the past decades, marijuana has been legalized in many states in the US, as well as in several countries. Marijuana use has become more common and socially acceptable. However, what people don’t know is that marijuana today poses more serious risks than we think.
This is because if 50 years ago, marijuana has less than 2% THC, today marijuana has 20-25% THC, an exponential increase. This is because sophisticated breeding and farming methods have made it possible for people to grow marijuana varieties that provide a stronger high. Different methods of extraction have also made it possible for users to have access with marijuana that contains pure THC only.
This has caused psychologists and psychiatrists to study the effects of marijuana, which they have found to be neurotoxic, or dangerous to the brain. It can cause psychosis and schizophrenia among users, aside from increased risks of other severe mental illnesses.
Even those who advocate marijuana use agree that marijuana causes paranoia. And when this happens to people who already have psychosis or have drug-induced psychosis, there’s an even bigger chance for extreme violence.
Furthermore, studies have shown that there are people who misuse cannabis, and they have pre-existing psychosis, schizophrenia, and other mental conditions.
A Wall Street Journal article elaborates this issue, showing studies and sources for hard data that correlates marijuana use to domestic violence and extreme violence.
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