Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, a biennial survey of Arizona secondary school students, one-third (33%) had tried some form of marijuana, and nearly a quarter (24%) had tried marijuana concentrate.
Marijuana concentrates have about three times more THC, the constituent of marijuana that causes the "high," than a traditional marijuana flower. This is concerning because higher doses of THC have been linked to increased risk of marijuana addiction, cognitive impairment and psychosis, said the study's lead researcher.
The research team also found that teens who used concentrates had more risk factors for addiction. They found that teens who had used marijuana concentrates were worse off on every addiction risk factor. The risk factors evaluated in this study were: lower perceived risk of harm of marijuana, peer substance use, parental substance use, academic failure and greater perceived availability of drugs in the community.
Earlier studies, have shown that youth put marijuana in e-cigarettes to conceal their marijuana use. "Vaping marijuana can be passed off as nicotine vaping," This finding reinforces the recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration to impose new restrictions on e-cigarettes and their constituents as a means of reducing marijuana use. Marijuana concentrates don't look like the traditional marijuana flower. Concentrates can look like wax, oil, or a brittle substance that shatters easily.
Earlier research suggested that frequent marijuana use from adolescence through adulthood is associated with IQ decline and inked regular marijuana use during adolescence with the emergence of persistent sub-clinical psychotic symptoms.
Madeline H. Meier et al. Cannabis Concentrate Use in Adolescents. Pediatrics, Aug. 26, 2019 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2019-0338
Dr. Carly Willeford
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