In every Hollywood dispensary, you’ll find strains that are extra potent compared to others. These strains will have more than 20% THC and are known to incapacitate even the most veteran smokers.
Indeed, we are living in an age of strong, hard-hitting cannabis strains. To put things in perspective according to research, THC concentrations are believed to have increased by 14% between 1970 and 2017.
Now, if you’re a recreational user, you’re likely in favor of the more potent strains. But what many aren’t seeing is the potential health effects that come with it. This article isn’t meant to alarm you, but such information is worth taking note of.
A “Paradoxical” Effect
Despite cannabis’ perceived health benefits and society’s more accepting stance towards its use, it wouldn’t be wise to turn a blind eye to its varying effects depending on the dose. As researchers have found, the body’s circulatory system, in particular, is most affected. If low-content THC can improve blood flow, higher-content THC could potentially decrease flow through the vessels because of vasoconstriction.
Another discovery that experts have made is among cancer patients who go through bouts with nausea. It was found that while taking THC in low concentrations lessens the likelihood of such unpleasant episodes, those that take high-content THC suffer from more vomiting and even “intense abdominal pain.”
And while scientists still refuse to make a clear connection between such experiences and high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, their sole recommendation is to lessen or even stop cannabis use.
Getting the Most Out of the Medical Benefits
Experts agree that in order to get the most out of cannabis’ medical benefits, THC should be taken in low doses. Based on anecdotal evidence, the ideal amount would be around 0.9% THC.
Many experts also strongly advise against recreational cannabis use for adolescents and young adults. A 2017 peer-reviewed journal highlighted the potential effects of marijuana use on a younger person’s cognition, particularly on memory and the brain’s executive functions, which include the ability to control and change behavior, as well as mental flexibility.
Doing Things the Right Way
Many experts will advise against cannabis use in this day and age of way more potent herbs. This applies specifically to those who’ve had unpleasant physical and even psychological experiences after consumption.
But it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can still have your fun, as long as you do things the right way. As an adage says, “everything in moderation.”
According to experts within the medical cannabis industry, here are some ways how you can have a healthier relationship with the magic herb:
- Start low and go slow: Don’t overwhelm yourself in one go. Allow your body to get used to the substance and once you’ve gotten comfortable, then work your way up.
- Consider other consumption methods: While smoking cannabis is known to be less detrimental compared to tobacco smoke, you’re still compromising your lungs. From time to time, you may want to consider other methods like using oils or doing edibles.
- Familiarize yourself with the product: Just like how it is with buying foods and knowing the ingredients, you should treat your cannabis the same way. Be extra aware of weed with higher THC concentrations and limit your use to avoid possible complications.
A Reliable Hollywood Dispensary For Your Cannabis Needs
Hopefully, this article can serve as a guide to your cannabis use. And if you’re looking to refill your stocks, we at Happy Green Dispensary are here for you. We’re located along Vermont Avenue and our doors are open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM. For inquiries, visit our website or call us at (213) 322-2224.