By: Bethany Winkel
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This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Pot
An article on MSN last week talked about the differences between marijuana from years ago and modern marijuana. With the number of states legalizing medical marijuana, the number of people using this substance is greatly increasing. But some experts warn that the marijuana of today is causing more problems, even though more people today are in favor of legalizing it. Federal prosecutor Robert A. White was quoted in the article as saying, “Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive drug in marijuana, has risen from 5 percent to an average of 13 percent as a part of marijuana. In some medical dispensaries in Colorado, it now makes upwards of 30 percent of the drug.”
Among the negative effects of using the more potent marijuana, the article says, are suppressed dopamine receptors in the brain, decreased ability to learn, increased risk for heart attack, and increased problems with children using the substance.
Read the full article here.