No proof that high-dose cannabis is more addictive

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 No proof that high-dose cannabis is more addictive

“People who smoke high-potency cannabis inhale more of the drug’s active ingredient, THC,”

The website reports on a small study involving heavy, habitual users of more potent forms of cannabis such as “skunk” – a type of herbal cannabis specifically bred for its potency.

They wanted to see if users who consumed more potent forms of the plant actually used less cannabis per joint or inhale less smoke, to compensate for the drug’s higher strength.

The active ingredient in cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The more THC in cannabis, the more potent it is, and exposure to high levels has been linked to dependency on the drug.

However, one school of thought – called the “potent pot myth” – argues that smokers of high-strength cannabis adjust their intake to compensate for its potency, usually by inhaling less or rolling joints with less cannabis.

The Dutch researchers found that users of strong cannabis did inhale less smoke. However, they were still exposed to higher doses of THC in each joint than smokers of lower potency cannabis.

However, the belief there is some sort of dose-dependent relationship between THC exposure and the risk of dependency remains unproven.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, Utrecht; the University of Amsterdam; and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven. It was funded by ZonMW, a Netherlands organisation for health research and development.

The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction.

The Mail Online’s claim that smoking more potent cannabis makes you more likely to be addicted was not supported by this study. In fact, it found that participants’ dependency 18 months after the study began was not independently related to how much THC they were exposed to.

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