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Smoking higher THC variants of cannabis may put people at risk of dependencies. A group of researchers from Iowa State University have published a study that suggests people who consume cannabis with higher levels of THC—the compound in the plant that gets you high—are at higher risks of developing dependencies. A person who consumes cannabis with an average THC level of around 12 percent is almost five times more likely to develop dependencies than those who consume cannabis with THC amounts closer to five percent. "This is the first step toward understanding the influence of potency," Dr Brooke Arterberry, the lead author of the study told Independent.