Recently, The New York Times highlighted the symptoms of cannabis use disorder and the dangers associated with overuse. As the article explains, “Despite the common misconception, people can become addicted to cannabis just as they can with other drugs, like alcohol or cocaine.”
Individuals who start using cannabis in their teenage years or who struggle with another psychiatric diagnosis, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can be at increased risk for cannabis use disorder. This is particularly concerning as cannabis companies continue to market their products as treatments for such disorders, and often package and market products in ways that may appeal to young adults or children.
The cannabis industry and the products sold to consumers remain largely unregulated. Our leaders in Congress must keep consumer safety in mind when legislating a path forward for cannabis regulation. Until then, it is important for consumers, particularly those with other existing medical conditions, to be aware of the potential dangers associated with cannabis and cannabinoid products.
Read the full article HERE.