United Nations Says Cannabis Cases on the Rise
June 26th, 2014
Policy, Top News
The number of cannabis users over age 12 in the U.S. rose from 10.3% in 2008 to 12.1% in 2012 according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. At the same time, the organization reported a 59% increase in cannabis-related hospital emergency room visits and a 14% increase in cannabis-related treatment admissions, signaling a potential problem broiling in the U.S.
The UN report surmises that the relationship between increased potency and dependence may be contributing to the increased risk of drug-use disorders, with the primary culprit being increased levels of THC through genetic selection by cannabis producers. These producers are aiming to sell smaller volumes of the plant at higher prices, enabling them to realize higher overall profit margins.
Cannabis has been tied to a number of serious medical conditions, ranging from heart attacks to schizophrenia. Cardiologists believe that marijuana-associated adverse cardiac effects may occur in the population at a greater frequency given the legalization. But on the other hand, a new study recently showed that marijuana’s association with schizophrenia may in fact work the other way around.
Cannabis advocates insist that reasonable cannabis use is safe and medical cannabis could have ameliorate or solve a number of medical diseases and conditions. Few cannabis advocates would argue that excessive use of marijuana that’s high in THC – particularly edibles – can cause health issues given their psychoactive effects. Many new U.S. state laws are therefore only targeting therapies with limited THC content.
In the end, the UN’s report is likely to only intensive the legalization debate in the U.S., although it should do little to discourage low-THC treatment options that have been approved in a growing number of states to treat conditions like childhood epilepsy and other untreatable diseases and conditions.
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