The Link Between High THC Marijuana and Psychiatric Disorders

The still-forming adolescent brain is at the highest risk, but even adult users will notice mental health problems over time. There are increased risks for psychosis, anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia. In fact, using high THC marijuana every day puts the user at five times the risk of a non-user for such mental health disorders. There are also certain genes that many people have that double and triple that risk.

For those with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) smoking high potency, marijuana can create more problems, making it hard for the individual to cope. Unfortunately, some folks believe that smoking pot will mellow out their symptoms, but it simply doesn’t work that way when using high concentrated marijuana (cite: 3).

TCH – Tetrahydrocannabino – Is an Addictive Neurotoxin

Most folks don’t think of marijuana as being addictive since it is now legal and people we know very well occasionally partake in recreational use. Nevertheless, don’t be fooled, you can become dependent on marijuana, and the higher the THC concentration level, the more likely. Those who are daily users may already be dependent or addicted and not realize it. Since today’s levels of THC are so high, it becomes more challenging to treat the dependency. It can be done, it’s just a lot harder.

It is estimated that one-in-three people who recreationally use marijuana regularly may have at least some level of substance use disorder. Ten percent of people will develop a physical dependency. That number is much higher when the teen and adolescent age group set is broken out of the overall statistic (cite: 4).

How Do You or a Loved One Break Dependency and Stop Using Marijuana

Each individual is different. Every person has a social circle of friends. Each marijuana user prefers a certain type of weed, with varying degrees of THC. Each person started their use at a different age. Many users also do other drugs or consume an amount of alcohol. So, the answer to the question above is; It Depends. It depends on a lot of things. There are a lot of circumstances involved.


1.) “Adolescent exposure to cannabis as a risk factor for psychiatric disorders,” by Tiziana Rubino, Erica Zamberletti, Daniela Parolaro. First Published July 18, 2011 Research Article.

2.) “Which biological and self-report measures of cannabis use predict cannabis dependency and acute psychotic-like effects?” By H. Valerie Curran, Chandni Hindocha, Celia J. A. Morgan. and Natacha Shaban. Published in Psychological Medicine, Volume 49, Issue 9. July 2019, pp. 1574-158. Published online by Cambridge University Press: 04 September 2018.