What People can study hash efficiency from a UK research
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A British think tank has published a study entitled “Changes in the Delta”9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) concentrations in cannabis over time: systematic review and metaAnalysis.
A meta-analysis is a fancy word for studying studies. In general, the larger the sample, the more reliable the results Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath “analyzed Data from more than 80,000 street cannabis samples tested over the past 50 years in the US, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand. “
However, the very long amount of time it takes to take a sample can be more of a problem than an asset. Fifty years ago, none of these countries were major producers of hashish.
For example, it was 50 years ago when I first bought a Moroccan “blonde” hash in Fort Worth, Texas. (Long story) I’m pretty sure a Texas sheriff wouldn’t have known what it was. Or how to test for THC, whatever that was.
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On the other hand, Europeans have been smoking Lebanese, Moroccan or Afghan hash for decades, usually mixed with a deadly drug called “tobacco”.
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The headline in that story emphasized something about THC levels in “cannabis resin” with “increased by 24% between 1975 and 2017. “
This is really puzzling to Americans who have been told for decades that marijuana potency (THC) has increased many times over. What’s the big deal?
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However, this meta-analysis states that “plant cannabis, THC concentrations increased by 14% between 1970 and 2017. This was mainly due to an increasing market share of stronger varieties like Sinsemilla. “
To make matters even more confusing, the heading of the article in the Research journal at the University of Bath emphasizes The strength of cannabis has increased over the past half century – new study: The largest study of how cannabis has changed over time shows that increased strength increases the risk for consumers.
So your heading doesn’t match your dates. It seems tailored to emphasize a standard piece of forbidden propaganda about potency and risk.
It is important to note, however, that they say that CBD plays an important role in reducing risk for users of high-THC cannabis.
They say, “Traditionally, cannabis resin contained much lower amounts of THC with equal amounts of CBD (cannabidiol, which is believed to have some health benefits). However, CBD levels have remained stable as THC increased significantly, meaning it is much more harmful now than it was years ago. “
This point reflects a very British obsession with what they call “Skunk” which is the focus of their own version of “Reefer Madness”. Skunk is simply “herbal cannabis,” which is said to be very high in THC but very low in CBD. Of course, since it is contraband, there is no precise definition of skunk.
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In the US, hashish has much less THC than popular concentrates (blobs, wax, etc.). Consequently, this meta-analysis seems to be of dubious relevance. However, the conclusion actually supports legalization as they say, “As cannabis increases in strength, there will be limited information available to consumers to monitor their intake and make decisions about relative benefits and risks. Introducing a standard system of units for cannabis – similar to standard alcohol units – could help people limit their consumption and use it more safely. “
Of course, this is only possible with legalization. Only legal cannabis has its THC potency on its label. Only legal cannabis tells consumers what the CBD value is.
Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and author of How Does Hemp Help Regenerative Agriculture?