Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

New from CERP: Personal Experiences with High-THC Cannabis

New from CERP: Personal experiences with high-THC cannabis (video series)

Twenty years ago, most cannabis contained 10% or less THC, and anything higher was considered very potent. Today, cannabis flower (the plant) can be as high as 25% THC, and other cannabis products contain as much as 60-90%.

Cannabis concentrates, such as shatter, wax, vaping cartridges, dabs, and butters, made up 35% of the Washington cannabis market in 2020, and their popularity continues to increase.

To learn more about the potential harms of these products, ADAI’s Cannabis Education & Research Program (CERP), led by director Beatriz Carlini, PhD, MPH, invited parents, health care providers, and individuals to share personal stories of negative experiences with high-THC cannabis.   

These stories were captured on video and you can now watch five of them on the website.

While these stories do not represent all people who use high-THC cannabis products (this project focused specifically on negative experiences), capturing stories of harm is important, because many people believe that cannabis is perfectly safe with no negative health risks.

Stories on the new page include:

  • “Not Regular Weed:” Interviews on High-THC Cannabis
  • Adverse Reactions: Physical Health
  • Adverse Reactions: Mental Health
  • Adverse Reactions: Psychosis
  • Reducing Unwanted Effects
  • Accessibility for Youth & Young Adults

Watch the videos and learn more about high-THC products here!