Marijuana’s Prohibition Promotes Unregulated Weed Use, Study Finds



This article was originally published on MG Magazine and appears here with permission.

Prohibition may unintentionally promote the use of delta 8 THC in states without medical or adult-use cannabis laws, according to a new federally funded study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cannabinoids synthesized from hemp have not-so-quietly moved from the shadows into a glaring multi-billion dollar market, but their safety and legal status have raised serious concerns within the federal government.

“Higher delta 8 THC use in states without medical or adult-use cannabis laws suggests that cannabis prohibition may unintentionally promote delta 8 THC use,” researchers wrote. “There are few controlled human studies with emerging cannabinoids, but surveys suggest these products are used for treating sleep or pain and in place of other drugs, including pain medications.”

The research team, led by Adie Rae Wilson-Poe, PhD, set out to study the use of “emerging cannabinoids” …

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