Pot-smokers’ behaviors linked to risk of addiction

03/28/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – A new study suggests that in predicting marijuana dependency, the behavior of smokers is more of an indicator than the potency of the drug. As reported by Reuters, researchers who conducted the small study say that although smokers of high-potency marijuana take in more of the psychoactive ingredient THC, their smoking style is linked to the risk of addiction.

According to the researchers, smoking behaviors like the amount of a joint smoked and puff frequency were shown to be predictors of dependency at the three-year mark.

Lead author Peggy van der Pol, a doctoral candidate at the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, is quoted by Reuters Health as stating of the findings, “Users seem to partly adjust, or ‘titrate’ their THC intake, but not sufficiently so to fully compensate for the THC-strength… So users of more potent cannabis are generally exposed to more THC.”

Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), who was not a part of the study, is further quoted as stating to Reuters Health in an email, “This is an important study that helps to understand that increasing potency of marijuana may be related to increasing blood levels of THC, despite some reductions in how much people smoke when the marijuana is stronger.”

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