Cannabis is gradually becoming part of our everyday lives. First, the actual plant is slowly becoming legalized across America, both for recreational and medicinal usage. Second, CBD in its various forms, such as oil, capsules, and topical creams, is getting everywhere on the market. This means that, since cannabis, hemp, and their byproducts are slowly becoming regular consumer products, they need to be regulated, at least somewhat. Researchers from the University of Bath are laying the first stones for just that.

The Addiction and Mental Health Group set at the aforementioned University, along with staff from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, UCL, and King’s College London, claim that people need to be more aware of the THC levels of the cannabis they consume.

Namely, the presence of THC, which is the core psychoactive component of cannabis, within cannabis products directly correlates to the health effects of using said products. Still, these effects are dose-related, as claims the head researcher Sam Craft. 

The same team has made a point to highlight how the levels of THC are twice what they were a decade ago. Now they want to set up a standard system that would help consumers manage their cannabis use better. Just as the alcohol unit system helps consumers control their drinking, the same, they trust, will happen with cannabis.

Certain research has shown that consumers who took higher doses of THC regularly had more serious health issues compared to the users of products that have lower THC levels. Systemizing THC levels into units would help people make better, more educated decisions. 

The experts claim that 5mg of THC will represent one unit. This amount can be found in a small, regular joint, and can induce all the regular intoxicating “high” feeling of cannabis use, without causing any more serious symptoms. 

Finally, the researchers hope that the introduction of this system in countries where cannabis is legal will still transfer to countries where it has not been legalized. The system seems an excellent toolkit for clinicians to facilitate a safer use.