Do You Prefer ‘High-Potency’ Weed? If You’re Worried About Your Anxiety, You Might Want to Read This

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NEWS Do you prefer 'high-potency' weed? If you're worried about your anxiety, you might want to read this These products were also linked to greater risk of “problem” use By Angela Stelmakowich “Risks for cannabis use problems and anxiety disorders are higher among those reporting use of high-potency cannabis.” / Photo: Getty ImagesResearchers report that 29 per cent of high-potency cannabis consumers were more likely to have “psychotic experiences.” / Photo: tadamichi / iStock / Getty Images Plus tadamichi / iStock / Getty Images Plus Definition of high-potency THC less than many products currently readily available. / Photo: / Photo: jackmalipan / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Photo: jackmalipan / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Study participants who used high-potency cannabis products were twice as likely to report anxiety disorders than those who consumed lower-potency products, suggests new research out of the U.K.

“Risks for cannabis use problems and anxiety disorders are higher among those reporting use of high-potency cannabis,” notes the study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. This risk persists even after accounting for sociodemographic factors, adolescent mental health and frequency of cannabis use.

“We know that people who use cannabis are more likely to report mental health problems than those who don’t use cannabis, but we don’t fully understand how recent increases in the strength and potency of cannabis affects this,” explains lead author Dr. Lindsey Hines, a senior research associate from Bristol Medical School, according to Medical Net.

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