Wednesday, 10 June 2015


The National 10 June 2015

Marijuana grown in Papua New Guinea has a high cannabis content that can damage the brain says an officer of the National Narcotics Bureau.

Education and Awareness officer Lawrence Tau said many young people have become mentally ill from smoking PNG marijuana that has the highest cannabis content in the world. Countries selling the product overseas have rated the PNG marijuana as A grade or green gold, he said.

Tau said that marijuana contained 421 chemicals. The one that was most dangerous was THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which would cause neurological disorders in the brain.

Brain function among those who smoke marijuana may malfunction because the toxins from the cannabis destroy brain cells.

Tau said it was a bad idea to commercialize marijuana.

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