Saturday, 3 August 2013

Northern Rivers 'weed' needs to carry a health warning

Ballina Shire Advocate 27 July 2013:

Cannabis from the Northern Rivers is among the most potent in the world, sparking fears users could be at risk of developing mental health problems and dependency.
As Australia has one of the highest per-capita rates of cannabis use worldwide, a National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre study, the first of its kind in Australia, analysed levels of THC.
THC, the main psychoactive component of the drug that gets users "stoned", is linked to mental health problems and anxiety.
Researchers examined 232 samples of cannabis seized by NSW police from recreational users and in large outdoor and indoor cultivations.
Study leader Dr Wendy Swift said samples seized from users at Lismore, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads were found to have some of the highest levels of THC.
Cannabis tested also had extremely low levels of cannabidiol, which is thought to counteract some negative effects of THC…….

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