Can Today’s Pot Literally Drive You Crazy?
You’ve no doubt heard it before, but it bears repeating: This isn’t your father’s weed. In fact, a new report published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal says some marijuana is so potent these days that it can trigger a psychotic episode.
There’s an important caveat here. The paper, which was published by King’s College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience professors Robin Murray and Amir Englund, centers around the use of high-THC oils and concentrates. Users of traditional marijuana are far less likely to suffer unwanted psychiatric effects.
According to the researchers, the potency of cannabis has doubled worldwide over the past 40 years. Their findings underscore the need for greater regulation and enforcement of THC standards, Murray and Englund said.