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Examine exhibits marijuana 25% stronger than it was 5 a long time in the past

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It doesn’t matter whether marijuana is bought in the legal market or from the criminal underground. ONE new study notes that it is now 25% stronger than it was more than 50 years ago.

Researchers from the University of Bath in the UK recently examined 80,000 cannabis samples in various locations around the world, including the US, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand. They discovered that cannabis users are likely to get much higher now than they were when Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter were still running the country.

The results, published in the recently published journal Addiction, show higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, since the early 1970s. THC is the cannabis plant’s psychoactive compound that is responsible for stoning a person. Researchers claim that weeds have grown stronger over the past fifty years. The team found a 14% increase in flower strength between 1970 and 2017 and a 24% increase in resin strength since 1975.

Meanwhile, the concentration of America’s popular compound, CBD, is the same as ever.

The latest study is evidence of how breeders sometimes try to increase potency to give the consumer the illusion of a quality product. However, stronger doesn’t always mean better, especially when cannabis is used to treat various conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. Many cannabis users have reported better results with higher CBD strains over the years.

Why do weeds get stronger?

This is mainly because cannabis growers now have a better understanding of what allows the plant to thrive during the growing process. As a result, cannabis cultures are healthier than they were then. That is also worth mentioning The 1970s weed probably only contained around 2% THC – not nearly enough to stone people the way they have been since legalization began in the United States.

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There is also something to be said about how genetics are understood so that producers can essentially determine different outcomes of the plant. The science of growing cannabis is simply more advanced than it was fifty years ago.

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However, researchers are concerned that stronger marijuana could force more people into addiction if legalization spreads further. “As the strength of cannabis increases, so does the number of people being treated for cannabis use problems,” said Dr. Tom Freeman, Director of the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath. “More Europeans now use drugs for cannabis than heroin or cocaine.”

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In the US, President-elect Joe Biden has promised to decriminalize marijuana possession nationwide. This is the same man who once said that comparing the weeds of the 1960s with what children smoke today is like “comparing the shot in a shotgun cartridge to a laser-guided missile”.

But is it a bad thing to increase potency?

Well some Federally funded studies show that marijuana use is becoming more widespread, especially among adolescents and young adults. Legalization aims to reduce these numbers, and in some cases, it does. Despite reports of stronger weeds, the addiction rate remains fairly constant at 9%. That’s roughly the same amount associated with caffeine consumption.

Even if a larger segment of the population is using marijuana as legalization spreads, it is unlikely that it will result in a significant increase in addiction rates. Still, more research is needed to help the country better manage the potential risks that lie ahead.

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Beth Edmonds