The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued a public warning that “smoking or vaping marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies.” At a news conference, Adams “described modern marijuana as far more potent than marijuana produced and sold 20 years ago, with levels of THC increasing to a range of 12 percent to 25 percent from 4 percent back then.” Adams said, “The scary truth is that the actual potential for harm has increased. This ain’t your mother’s marijuana.”
Adams said at the news conference, “No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe.”
The American Medical Association said “it strongly supports the government’s effort, adding that it for some time it has been recommending against marijuana use by teens, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding.”
My comments are simple: While it is true that selective breeding has resulted in new varieties of cannabis that have up to 20 times more THC content than 20 years ago, it’s also true in the opposite. Meaning that there are selective breeds of cannabis that are very low in THC and bred to have higher amounts of CBD, CBG, CBN, Cannaflavins and Cannaturpines. It is these low THC varieties of cannabis that have the medical use indications. I caution us all to not throw the good out with the bad and rather make a greater effort as health care providers to educate ourselves as well as the public about the differences between medical use cannabis (low THC) verses recreational use cannabis, which has high THC.
Having said that most recreational use cannabis has significant levels of THC to get a euphoric feeling, this doesn’t mean that some medical use cannabis wont contain significant THC. In fact THC does have a few medical indications. I look forward to the day when I can write a prescription for cannabis and specify the percentages and mg of CBD, CBN, CBG, THC or cannaturpines I intend my client to use.