According To Officials: Marijuana Stronger Then Ever

December 23, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – It seems like everything is becoming faster, stronger, and more efficient these days. From better electronics, to stronger medications, and increases in farming that has seriously effected the way our food is produced. But it looks like the trend is also effecting other leafy greens.

According to a study done by the University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Program, the potency of marijuana has increased nearly threefold since 1987, and as demand continues for the ultimate high that pot can provide, it looks as though that percentage will be increasing further.

However, not everyone agrees that the THC levels are getting too high. Bruce Mirkin, a member of the Marijuana Policy Project, told reporters that the study is faulty, and that the THC content in American marijuana is considerably less then even the most overwhelming of Amsterdam herb.

“In the Netherlands, where marijuana for medical use is sold in pharmacies and grown to government standards of purity and potency, the minimal allowable potency is 15 percent THC,” Mirken told Wired.com in a recent email.

He also made it clear that it likely wasn’t demand that was causing this change.

“A fair amount of data show that people who smoke marijuana adjust their smoking behavior in accordance with the potency of the material,” he wrote. “This is just like alcohol drinkers, who commonly consume a far smaller quantity of hard liquor than they do of beer.”


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2 Responses to “According To Officials: Marijuana Stronger Then Ever”

  1. Anthony NYC on December 23rd, 2008 10:24 pm

    The study reaches the conclusion that pot is three times stronger than it was in 1987 based on the fact that so much more high-quality pot is being sold now.

    As the market matured and grew, so did its tolerance, taste and demand for the best. Naturally growers and breeders attempt to produce the most potent pot possible and breed plants with certain characteristics to accomplish this but if you ask people who smoked the best in 88′ and the best in 08′ they’ll tell you its only slightly more potent. After all, hashish is pure resin glands and it has been around forever. Has hash potency tripled? I think not.

    This fact is completely different from the implication made in the article that the actual potency of the plant has increased. This suggests that cannabis sativa/indica has, by human hand, quite drastically evolved over the past 20 years and that because of this it is some sort of ultra-unique, mutant species of plant. Again, the pot breeding community has had plenty of successes but no more than say the dog or flower breeding communities.

  2. Solidad Harp on December 24th, 2008 8:39 am

    The significant discussion about increased potency is interesting.

    First, it has to be noted that users modify their smoking habits to accommodate increased potency. If potency is increased by a factor of three, then smokers reduce their intake to one third of what it was previously. Basically it takes less to reach a high. People don’t get “higher”. They reduce their intake and get as high as they did before. Overall increased potency is a plus, as it reduces the adverse impact associated with inhaling marijuana smoke. In the case of three times increased potency, it reduces the smoke risk to 1/3 of what it was previously. [Note that THC is THC. There is no variability in the THC molecule which makes it more “potent”. There are only a fixed number of THC receptors on the brain. Once you have enough them connected, you are high. More potent marijuana just means you smoke less.]

    Second, increased potency has always been available. All one had to do was to carefully select only the buds of the plant and leave out extraneous lower potency leaves et al. Increased potency is driven, for the most part, by prohibition. Higher potency marijuana is more compact and easier to transport. Higher potency marijuana allows one to minimize the amount one might possess in case one is caught. Three times the potency means that 1/3 the amount needs to be transported, sold, and held.

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