Marijuana Getting More Potent According to Government Study

May 14, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Samples of seized marijuana tested by the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project in 2008, were found to be stronger than samples tested in previous years. The potency of pot seems to be trending upwards with average THC levels for 2008 at 10.1 percent, compared to 7.3 percent in 2007 and 3.2 percent in 1983.

Based on the historical results of the Monitoring Project’s testing, Mahmoud ElSohly, director of the project, predicts that the average potency of pot will continue to rise in the next five to 10 years, leveling off at 15 percent or so.

Government scientists are cautioning younger pot smokers to be aware that they are not smoking their parent’s pot. Inexperienced smokers who don’t limit their intake of potent pot may possibly suffer from dysphoria, paranoia, irritability and other negative effects. Officials are also reporting increased hospital admissions for overuse of strong cannabis.

Cannabis cultivation has become much more sophisticated and high tech in the past two decades, which produces a higher yield and cannabis with a higher level of THC.

The level of THC in a cannabis plant or cannabis sativa depends on several factors, including plant type, weather, soil, and time of harvest. Different samples of pot can have widely varying levels of potency, which the Monitoring Project discovered when it tested a sample that had TLC levels that exceeded 30 percent.

Dr. Lawrence Brain, a child psychiatrist in Maryland is concerned for pot smokers who use cannabis every day, but at the same time he concedes telling young pot smokers “it’s 10 percent — three times more potent than what their parents smoked…” is not likely to cause them to give it up.

Adult smokers of cannabis and those who use it for medical purposes, view the new studies showing an increase in pot potency as great news. Increased potency means they can inhale less of the smoke to achieve the desired results. Additionally, inhaling less means they have less exposure to combustion products, which are associated with health risks.

Experienced smokers know when to stop smoking cannabis, when they begin feeling its immediate effects. Younger smokers on the other hand, may not posses the experience to know when to stop.



4 Responses to “Marijuana Getting More Potent According to Government Study”

  1. Alisa on May 15th, 2009 12:11 pm

    Marinol is a pharmaceutical pill made from 100% THC. It is so safe and effective that the FDA downgraded it from a Schedule 1 controlled substance to Schedule 3, which means it has little potential for addiction, abuse or overdose.

    If a pure THC pill is OK, why not cannabis that’s 10% or 20% THC? It’s totally non-toxic.

    These government studies are skewed to scare people, and it doesn’t work.

    From an article called “Killer Weed: the Myth of Pot Potency” that explains the reality behind hysterical propaganda of “stronger weed.”

    “Despite prohibitionist claims that the pot of the 1960s averaged under 1 percent THC—an allegation that, if true, would indicate that the entire Woodstock generation experienced nothing more than a giant placebo effect—US government researchers didn’t begin measuring marijuana potency until the early 1970s, when a team of investigators at the University of Mississippi received federal approval to initiate the Potency Monitoring Project.

    Early samples tested by the PMP consisted almost entirely of old, improperly stored Mexican weed, infamous for its shitty quality. Varieties of more potent herb available on the commercial market, such as sinsemilla and Thai stick, were ignored by the project. As a result, the baseline data produced by the PMP during the early to mid-’70s—during which time federal researchers absurdly claimed that pot averaged less than 1.5 percent THC— bore little resemblance to the marijuana available on the actual consumer market of the time. Yet this hopelessly incomplete and misleading data continues to be cited by prohibitionists in the reports they release.”

  2. Samantha on June 23rd, 2009 8:19 pm

    This article was written before the news came out that the high THC reading was only obtained by throwing Hash into the mix. This is equivalent to adding crack to cocaine and getting a readout of potency… but to withhold that information is the equivalent of PROPAGANDA.

    Do a search for this article: Drug Czar’s Pot-Potency Claims Go Up In Smoke
    It is on the Huffington Post’s website.

  3. Bear on June 23rd, 2009 8:24 pm

    Samantha your right, we reported on the tainted results here:

  4. Paolo Mabelli on December 13th, 2009 6:28 pm

    Must quantity of percentage of THC have a hemp plant to be considered a stupefying substance? Or “does it plant one develops less than 2 % of THC is a stupefying substance? All the sentences of cassation united on the cultivation of cannabis.

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