Smoker Beware – Psychosis Linked To Heavy Marijuana Use
A recent article in the Yakima Herald Republic (a daily part of your life) outlined Yakima County's efforts to shut down illegal marijuana operations. The County's original vote total on legalizing marijuana and a subsequent advisory vote both showed a majority of county residents aren't in favor of state sanctioned legal pot.
Food for thought - What do the majority of Yakima County voters know that others did not?
Thought for consideration - A new study reveals some more negative news about the consequences of frequent pot use. Conclusion -Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis -- in which people lose touch with reality -- by nearly five times.
NPR reports that researchers looked at data from Europe and Brazil from 2010 to 2015 and found that, compared to healthy patients, patients who experienced a first episode of psychosis were much more likely to be daily marijuana users.
"They estimated that people who smoked marijuana daily were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis compared with people who never used the drug, and the risk increased to nearly five times more likely among those who used high-potency marijuana daily."
"The study authors consider high-potency cannabis to be products with more than 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound responsible for the drug's psychoactive effects. ...The study also shows that three European cities — London, Paris and Amsterdam — where high-potency weed is most commonly available actually have higher rates of new cases of psychosis than the other cities in the study....high-potency cannabis is increasingly dominating markets....the average potency of weed in Europe and the U.S. in 2017 was 17.1 percent, up from 8.9 percent in 2008.