Marijuana Strains Now Stronger Than Before?
Marijuana has millions of individual strains of sativa and indica, but did you know that marijuana produced decades ago was less concentrated than today’s selections? The idea isn’t much different than the modern breeding of the domestic dog, a species that has had its genetics tampered and doodled with for thousands of years. Unlike the domestic dog however, Marijuana is now more efficient — possessing higher concentrations of THC.
Social events like the Cannabis Cup Festival (yes, it’s real) give pot smokers a chance to come together to test out their favorite strains of marijuana. Where weed 15 to 20 years had a THC concentration of about one to three percent, the average THC level for the most potent strands is 25 percent; but it doesn’t end there.
In other parts of the world, the THC count of the most notorious of strains reaches counts of about 50 percent, far higher than the international average. With that in mind, the social revolution for marijuana enthusiasts has sparked much criticism and debate on the potency of modern marijuana as well as the future of its usage. Not only this, but also many analysts identify this trend as negative because of the possibility for young first time smokers to develop an addiction to the drug.
On that note, it’s a generally accepted assumption that marijuana doesn’t cause stoners to become addicted, much less intoxicated. However, other things to consider when high on marijuana don’t often relate to the health consequences. Older adults are much more worried about judgment and decision making skills among young teenage adolescents when they smoke marijuana, as mental instabilities are usually what happen with smokers.
In fact, scientists aren’t much worried at all when contemplating the possibility of health problems with prolonged exposure to marijuana. Keep in mind, however, that this doesn’t mean that smoking marijuana can’t lead to cancer-smoke still damages the throat and lungs.
Instead, the worry seems to be on smoking enough to freak yourself out. “The risk is not that you’ll stop breathing or that you’ll die,” says Dr. Julie Holland, a psychiatrist in New York who studies the history and science of cannabis. “The risk is that you’ll become very altered and disoriented, and you can get anxious and panicky in that situation.”
If you’ve been smoking for a while though, you need not worry much about this rise in THC potency, as the target audience seems to be with younger people.
So, from that bit of news, can we infer that future stoners will see unicorns and spaceships before we do? It’s not anything to be proud of, unless you’re the rebellious type. But will the THC concentration truly have negative effects on future generations of younger people? Time will tell, although I really hope it isn’t too late by then.
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