I cannot speak for you, nor will I try, but facts are indeed facts and should be considered. We need to heed the warning signs, not least in the scientific literature which increasingly shows that cannabis triggers psychosis, and in the emergency rooms where mentally ill kids are the living proof of its harms?
The higher the potency of THC, the worse it is, especially for the developing adolescent brain.
But virulent attacks always greet any hint of opposition to wholesale drug legalization. Youth mental illness is a crisis in this country.
Something has gone wrong with America’s youth.
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an urgent warning in December about the “devastating” youth mental-health crisis, which has been exacerbated by COVID lockdowns.
We can’t address the crisis without considering the effect of teens’ cannabis use and the increased potency of the products they consume.
The New York Times last month warned of the high potency of cannabis products in the newly deregulated legal market and the potentially harmful effects to young brains: “Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick”.
THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, 20 years ago was at about 4% potency, but today’s Big Weed products are close to 100%.
We have known for at least 15 years that cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis in susceptible people by about 40%, according to the medical journal Lancet.
A study last year of 204,000 people aged 10-24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s pediatrics publication found that cannabis use and abuse is associated with depression, bipolar disorder and increased risk of suicide.