Sunday, December 8, 2019

Comments by Substrate

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  • Most of the research that has been done with smoked cannabis have the highest THC at 8%. Are you saying all these researchers were clueless as to the actual potency of the THC?

    I’m saying that those were degraded samples and not representative of the average in potency.

    You said that “the potency of THC in currently available marijuana has quadrupled since the mid-1990s.” I’m saying that it hasn’t quadrupled.

    The focus on increased potency is a red herring anyway. Even low-potency cannabis can easily be ‘screened’ to separate the resin glands from the rest of the plant matter, resulting in a high-potency loose form of hash. Further, smoked cannabis has a point of diminishing returns that is quickly reached; smoking a given variety beyond that point will not get a person much higher.

    I reject the notion that cannabis causes violence. For those who didn’t read the article, it actually tries to blame the events of September 11, 2001 on marijuana. Good grief!

  • Reports of “astronomical” increases in THC are greatly exaggerated. The samples tested in the early years were chiefly imported cannabis that had been seized by law enforcement; the quality of those samples would be severely degraded by the time any testing could be done.

    A number of factors affect the potency of a given sample including the particular strain, plant part and its position on the plant, age and growth stage of the plant at harvest, the time elapsed since harvest, exposure of the sample to light, heat, humidity, and so on. And then there’s the damage to the sample caused by the testing method itself (see link below).

    To make a long story short, it’s challenging to get standardized samples from two plants of the same kind grown at the same time and in the same location, but it’s quite impossible to compare those to plants of unknown origin and handling that were tested 20 or 40 years ago. And why would anyone believe the results from previous decades when they were provided by the same government that has lied about this subject from the start?

    The fact is that high-potency cannabis has been around for a very long time. Skunk #1 was first bred in the late 1970s, with a THC content measuring 15% using gas chromatography. And the famed Acapulco Gold of the 1960s reportedly had a 23% THC content.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/03/was-marijuana-really-less-potent-in-the-1960s/387010/

    https://blog.greenrush.com/acapulco-gold-in-them-hills/