Adams County Health Alert: Over 11% of High School Seniors Use Delta-8 THC. Doctor Explains

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A recent study reveals that over 11% of U.S. 12th graders have used Delta-8THC. This creates a significant public health concern due to the substance's psychoactive effects and lack of regulatory oversight.

The Big Picture: Dr. Puja Uppal, Family Medicine, "As we've said many times before, there are many unhealthy effects of using marijuana and its derivatives."

Doctor's Expert Insights about the Cannabis Use and Brain Health in Adams County, Idaho

Know this: "So, this report of the rising use of Delta-8 THC among adolescents is really worrying. You should know that Delta-8 THS has many psychoactive properties similar to Delta-9 THC found in marijuana. Also, Delta-8 THC is unregulated. This means that it could contain harmful impurities and lacks standardized labeling that could inform users of potential risks.

You should know that marijuana use can lead to psychiatric disorders. Nearly 50% of individuals with cannabis use disorder also struggle with another mental health issue. This includes conditions like major depression, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder. It's important for you to pursue appropriate psychiatric care to manage any underlying risk factors." Dr. Puja Uppal, Family Medicine.

Health News Today: Many High School Students are Using Delta-8 THC.

Key Findings for you in for Adams County:

Key Findings from the Study:

How common is the use of Delta 8- THC:

11.4% of US 12th-grade students self-reported Delta-8 THC use in the past year.

30.4% of US 12th-grade students self-reported marijuana use in the past year.

Frequency of Use:

Among adolescents who used Delta-8 THC in the past 12 months, 35.4% used it at least 10 times. 16.8% used it at least 40 times!

Co-use with marijuana:

90.7% of adolescents who used Delta-8 THC in the past 12 months also reported using marijuana.

Delta-8 THC use prevalence was significantly lower in the West versus the rates in the South and Midwest.

State Marijuana Legalization:

Delta-8 THC use prevalence was lower in states with legal adult-use marijuana. Interestingly, marijuana use prevalence did not differ by state legalization status.

State Delta-8 THC Regulation:

Delta-8 THC use prevalence was lower in states with Delta-8 THC regulations compared to states without legislation. Marijuana use prevalence did not differ by state Delta-8 THC regulation status.

Sex and Parental Education:

Delta-8 THC and marijuana use prevalence did not significantly differ by sex or parental education.

Limitations:

The study has some limitations. For example, the sample did not include all states and did not measure the use of other hemp-derived products. (Study Editorial)

Medical News Today: Key Takeaway for You in Adams County

The findings from this study suggest a potential shift in substance use trends among American youth. As Delta-8 THC and similar substances become more prevalent--more studies will be essential to understand their impact on adolescent health and brain health development.

"Considering that delta-8-THC has only been on the market since 2018, the fact that we’re seeing more than 11% of youth using it is concerning..." Alyssa F. Harlow, PhD, MPH.

What They're Saying: "In 2023, an appreciable percentage of surveyed 12th-grade students in the US reported using Delta-8 THC in the past year. Delta-8 THC use was disproportionately concentrated in the South and Midwest US and in states without adult-use marijuana legalization or Delta-THC regulations. Marijuana use did not differ by cannabis policies, aligning with some previous research. Given the federal policy context and divergent regional and policy correlates of Delta-8 THC and marijuana use found in this study, Delta-8 THC may be marketed to and/or used by adolescents as a psychoactive cannabis substitute in places in which adult-use marijuana is illegal. This study provides preliminary evidence that state-level Delta-8 THC regulations may be associated with lower adolescent use. Further research using data from multiple years and methodologies appropriate for policy evaluation could bolster inferences." (Study Source)

Health Standard Newswire: When a new addictive substance becomes available and is widely marketed, young people are often the first to be impacted in the absence of protective public health measures.

Medical News and Statistics for Adams County, Idaho

The following health facts impact your physical health directly!

Did you know there were 354 deaths from drug overdoses in Idaho in 2021?

32.2% of you in Adams County are sleeping less than 7 hours per night.

19.6% of you in Adams County have depression.

17.5% of you in Adams County smoke regularly.

All of these variables above play an important role in the outcomes of your overall health.

The Health Standard Newswire.