High THC Marijuana Addiction Causes & Effects

Understanding High THC Marijuana Addiction

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High THC marijuana is a relatively new form of marijuana that possesses much higher concentrations of Tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient know to create feelings of calm and relaxation in those who use the drug. These new higher THC strains are the result of advanced horticultural techniques that allow growers to produce plants whose THC potency is inherently stronger that regular varieties. Those who use this type of marijuana can expect to achieve a much more intense high than that of typical strains of marijuana. As such, the pleasing effects are amplified, as are the risks that one may develop a high THC marijuana abuse problem.

Chronic high THC marijuana abuse can lead to a wide range of detrimental consequences to your health and wellbeing. And left untreated, a dependence on this substance may result in a substance use disorder that could be impossible to overcome without professional help. If you or someone you care about has begun displaying symptoms of high THC marijuana abuse, know that help is just a phone call away. The experienced, compassionate staff at Life Healing Center is here to help you learn the skills and acquire the tools you need to overcome your addiction, and reclaim control of your life.


High THC Marijuana Abuse Statistics

The recent increase in the concentration of THC found in certain strains of marijuana was documented by the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2016. The organization shared findings from a study conducted by state-certified laboratories in Colorado that indicated that some strains’ THC levels had risen by nearly 300%. The study also concluded that some strains were comprised of approximately 30% THC. By contrast, similar tests from the 1980s indicated a 10% composition of THC.

This stark increase in THC levels has changed the marijuana landscape in lasting ways, and this heightened potency can pose dangers to users who are unfamiliar with how this drug can impact them. In light of the rise in THC levels and the recent change in legal status of marijuana in several states, more public education in needed to communicate the dangers of abusing high THC marijuana.

Causes & Risks

Causes and Risk Factors for High THC Marijuana Abuse

While each person who succumbs to substance abuse will do so based on a variety of personal circumstances and factors, there are some known predictors of chemical dependency such as:

Genetic: Having a first-degree relative who has a substance abuse problem will make you more susceptible to developing similar concerns such as an addiction to high THC marijuana.

Environmental: Early exposure to drug abuse during childhood or being surrounded by others who abuse drugs or alcohol as an adult can impact your risk for developing a dependence on high THC marijuana or other substances of abuse.

Risk Factors:

  • Low socioeconomic level
  • Youth (abusing high THC marijuana prior to age 21)
  • Family history of mental illness and/or substance abuse
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Personal history of trauma
  • Abusing high THC marijuana, tobacco, or other substances at a young age
  • Conduct disorder

Signs & Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms of High THC Marijuana Abuse

Signs and symptoms of high THC marijuana abuse may differ from those associated with abusing more traditional marijuana. The following indicators can be helpful in deciding whether you or someone you care about has begun abusing this substance:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Abusing high THC strains of marijuana when it is obviously dangerous to do so, such as immediately prior to operating a motor vehicle
  • Multiple unexplained absences from work or school
  • Diminished performance at work or in school
  • Having rolling papers, a water pipe, or other items that are commonly used to abuse high THC marijuana
  • Acting with uncharacteristic risk, recklessness, or danger
  • Continuing to abuse high THC strains of marijuana even after experiencing negative outcomes
  • Being deceptive or uncharacteristically secretive regarding one’s whereabouts or activities
  • Associating with a new peer group
  • Prioritizing the abuse of high THC strains of marijuana over friends, family, and significant activities

Physical symptoms:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Impaired motor functions
  • Delayed reactions
  • Balance and/or coordination problems
  • Increased appetite
  • Pervasive sleepiness

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Poor judgment
  • Memory problems
  • Impaired cognition
  • Lack of concentration and/or focus

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal
  • Agitation


Effects of High THC Marijuana Abuse

Left untreated, a high THC marijuana addiction will likely worsen and may result in the following damaging effects:

  • Strained or ruined interpersonal relationships
  • Arrest and incarceration
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Diminished immune system functioning
  • Physical injury due to impaired cognition, perception, and/or coordination
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Other types of substance abuse
  • Cognitive delays
  • Academic failure
  • Job loss and unemployment
  • Financial problems
  • Family discord
  • Damage to heart and/or lungs
  • Bronchitis

Co-Occurring Disorders

High THC Marijuana Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

Like other forms of chemical dependence, high THC marijuana addiction is often seen alongside certain co-occurring mental health conditions such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depressive disorders
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other substance use disorders

Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of High THC Marijuana Withdrawal & Overdose

If you have been abusing high THC marijuana and then abruptly end or limit your use of the drug, it is likely that you will experience many of the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Intense cravings for high THC strains of marijuana
  • Depression
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Lost appetite
  • Problems with concentration or focus
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