Pot getting more potent


According to Florida-based Novus Medical Detox, today's marijuana is much more potent than the varieties available a generation ago. This poses significant health risks to consumers as the wave of legalization gains momentum.

In a study by the University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project, the level of weed's main psychoactive ingredient, THC, has increased from 3.4% in 1993 to ~9% in 2008. In sinsemilla (the flowering tops of unfertilized female plants) THC levels have jumped from 5.8% to 13.4%. The lab has identified THC concentrations as high as 37% in certain pot strains.

The controversy surrounding the legalization of marijuana will no doubt intensify as the health risks of consuming ever-higher levels of THC in cannabis become more widely known.

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  • phxcrane
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    Come on Man!!!! Give it up the war is lost. I believe its about jobs, money and power.
    22 May 2014, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • herbwarrior420
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    right u are what strain did they test at 37%? I want some
    22 May 2014, 10:00 PM Reply Like
  • westewart
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    legalize, regulate and tax it at the national level. then let the big boys step in to play. long $MO.
    22 May 2014, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • unclewoo
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    What Big Tobacco aint I long? PM may be the mj play. As an international company, they may be first to cross the green line. They could do business in Canada or Uruguay tomorrow.
    22 May 2014, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • eddieojr
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    Legalization would also be very bad for businesses like Novus Medical Detox. Conflict of interest?
    22 May 2014, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • danielita
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    This news should be celebrated. It takes even quicker to take the edge off for those who inhale or serious bakers out there :) Do you know that at the early 1900s anybody can buy morphine elixir--used for all sorts of ailments;) ? Talking about potent! This news will not change the course for legalization.
    22 May 2014, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    "for those who inhale"

     

    I guess this would not help folks like Bill Clinton.
    22 May 2014, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Mikie713
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    More fear, doubt, uncertainty from mainstream corporate media. Good thing no one cares what they think anymore.
    22 May 2014, 11:37 AM Reply Like
  • Mikie713
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    Article fails to mention many Cannabis medicines being developed and coming to market are WITHOUT psychotropic effects.
    22 May 2014, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • aathomic
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    In fairness to the propagandist, the focus of the article seems to be on recreational use. Recreational users won't be smoking non-psycotropic strains (unless they get burned by a dealer)
    11 Dec 2014, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • wildcathouston
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    What if the new evidence show health benefits?

     

    Shouldn't you have brought your profound insight to that possibility?
    22 May 2014, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • trabob
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    so what if it is a higher content? there were no health problems at the lower levels and now there are no known health problems with the higher strains, and the above % are low, as I have heard of one in Canada that is "over" 99% THC and have not heard of any health problems with that one either, only recommendation is anyone not used to it sit down before hitting it LOL must be some great kick
    22 May 2014, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • trabob
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    PS it is called "budder"
    22 May 2014, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • belgium
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    Trabob,

     

    Again, "budder" is not a strain, it is slang for a cannabis concentrate that can be made from all strains.

     

    Google around for Budder, dabs , dab , wax , BHO , ....

     

    From your own wicki link in another article's cimment:

     

    "Budder is a proprietary cannabis EXTRACT invented by BudderKing with high purity. It has a semi-hard texture like BudderKing's earlier product called Glass"

     

    And here you have a ton of pictures:
    "http://bit.ly/1tpNDen"

     

    Is it really that hard to use google?
    22 May 2014, 03:19 PM Reply Like
  • GrizzlyBob5000
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    The Trichromes on marijuana buds are what yield the biggest high, the more ripe they are, the more of them you can concentrate (into a wax, honey, budder, etc.) , the more high you get.

     

    Canada has some good weed, but they are far behind the United States where more people improve upon it and grow it. There is no 99% in Canada.
    23 May 2014, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • cluelessndbattle
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    Belgium do u like KAYS at this time ?
    18 Apr, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • unclewoo
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    If your strain is only 13%, you need a better strain.
    22 May 2014, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Buck Regal
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    They say it "poses significant health risks" yet don't list any of them. Total malarkey. More propaganda from the prohibition way of thinking.
    22 May 2014, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • unclewoo
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    Obviously this medical detox company, has a vested interest in keeping things the way they are.
    22 May 2014, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • bonsaibean
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    There is no new danger from stronger pot. There were always different qualities and strengths, and you just smoke more or less depending on the quality. You can tell right away what you're dealing with, and if you're way high, you stop! If you're not, you take another hit. Better quality actually means less consumed, which is a good thing for any of the damages due to combustion products.
    22 May 2014, 01:53 PM Reply Like
  • Mikie713
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    FOX Breaking news: Cannabis concentrate now more potent than Crack Cocaine! (Guaranteed 75% of the public would believe it too).
    22 May 2014, 03:24 PM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    Do you have a link? A quick search of Fox & Google turned up no such comment.
    22 May 2014, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • BleedingGumsMurphy
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    ....it was a joke dude...dope.
    22 May 2014, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • JSCTech
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    lets hope not
    23 May 2014, 03:49 AM Reply Like
  • jed clampitt
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    Some old conservatives are so dumb they would believe this.
    23 May 2014, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Mikie713
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    It just a joke, but I guess I just proved my own point. You can put anything out there and hook enough people in to believe it. And the media loves taking people for a ride with anything related to pot, been doing it for decades.
    22 May 2014, 03:39 PM Reply Like
  • GNOMME
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    That's why they call them Sheeple. Baaa Baaa
    23 May 2014, 02:27 AM Reply Like
  • hppyhippi
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    How silly. A generation ago we smoked Thai sticks that were every bit as strong as todays top shelf weed. Ditto the redbud Columbian or the Marta Gold smuggled in by Robert Platshorn aka the Black Tuna. Of course, we also smoked the same Mexican border weed that you can get cheap today, so then we rolled up huge cigars instead of smoking just one or two hits on a bong. Another point, everybody had been smoking hash for thousands of years, you know, the red and blond Lebanese, or the elephant press afghan, all of which was easily available in the 1960's !!!! Obviously, this medical detox company is trying to make a buck by scaring people, it is just reefer madness all over again. Don't fall for this propaganda.
    22 May 2014, 04:21 PM Reply Like
  • herbwarrior420
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    amen brother include panama red jamacian ganja, real hawaiian kona gold puna butter, lebonese honey oil mmmmmmmm or real acapolca gold. I was always squit eyed always had a bottle of visine in glove box and in shirt pocket lol. them were the days. Also the vietnamese jungle weed cambodian and of course thai weed and thai budda monk thai stick was the best in the world potency wise which we smoked when we were in nam. peace bro....
    22 May 2014, 11:14 PM Reply Like
  • Joed1000
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    What a sensationalize discovery from a company that directly benefits from cannabis being illegal. You just smoke less. There is no added HEALTH RISKS!! on the contrary is safer and healthier.
    22 May 2014, 04:22 PM Reply Like
  • mike dar
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    It's only stronger now is that it people couldn't afford better, Thai stick ect... or didn't know. Sure, a greater supply is available, but that is far from saying 'getting more potent'.
    I notice it is never mentioned people are also using much more vaporization, and more concentrated, like hash or oils. It seems the only reason to have an article is about notoriety, and claiming 'getting more potent' is one of the headline grabbers.
    Well, sorry if people didn't have access to much more than Mexican dirt weed years ago, but plenty of 'potent' was out there.
    22 May 2014, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • gripp
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    It is stronger ??........How nice. An ounce will last much longer. Roll smaller joints.........Take smaller tokes........In other words,.adjust your own dosage.

     

    AS the kids say...........DDDUUUHHH !!!!!!
    22 May 2014, 05:37 PM Reply Like
  • blahblahyo
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    So the studies were done in states where Marijuana is not legal for medical or recreational yet, interesting! Just reclassify it to a schedule 2 so real research can be done and while were at it just LEGALIZE ALREADY!
    22 May 2014, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • blahblahyo
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    So this research was done in states where Marijuana is still not legal for medical or recreational? Did they get approval from the Feds because otherwise till they make it a schedule 2 so REAL testing can be done these results are BS! Just legalize it and move along, we have way other pressing issues to deal with than this!
    22 May 2014, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • Neddard
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    It's about time, because this OGKush/Durban Poison full melt is not cutting it anymore.
    22 May 2014, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • Nikkitytom
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    Good grief. A report from Novus Medical Detox ... and some obscure "potency monitoring project" which could be a term paper assignment for an undergrad class ... or just about anything else. And we're supposed to take this seriously.

     

    Of course potency has increased ... why are new strains being developed????

     

    Seeking Alpha seems to be a little .... biased ... with this one. Do I sense a recent frequent contributor's finger in the pie???????
    22 May 2014, 04:28 PM Reply Like
  • Iain Elliott
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    When pot is stronger, it doesn't last longer, the way LSD and cocaine do (or did). It just means you fall asleep sooner. It is not qualitatively different from weaker pot. And of course, if you are getting a stronger high, you are even less inclined to turn to other, more powerful drugs. So this is yet another scare article by the government's Hitlerite scientists. I've been reading b.s. like this since 1968, about the time of the Tet Offensive.
    22 May 2014, 05:37 PM Reply Like
  • Dan Parks
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    Say those who use drugs decide to fight back using the law, the Constitution of the United States and charge those who levy war on them, use deadly force against them with treason. Treason is only levying war on them and giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States.
    Then those who use drugs say the courts of the United States give aid and comfort to the enemies by upholding ex post facto bills as law which in doing so they have created the drug lords, the killings and crime.
    Two witnesses have testified to these overt acts in open court, charged those who levy war on them with treason and charged the courts with giving them aid and comfort.
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
    22 May 2014, 05:37 PM Reply Like
  • rnn
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    Most who cut it down are heavy drinkers though.
    22 May 2014, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • coyotemike
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    Here we go again. Did it occur to anyone that smoking any material is not to good for the body? That being said, wouldn't it be better to smoke a little and get as high as when we used to smoke a lot? Just because it is stronger, doesn't mean you have to smoke as much. And I know it is NOT addictive no matter who says it is.
    Stop lying to us, we are not that stupid!
    22 May 2014, 09:34 PM Reply Like
  • herbwarrior420
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    thats why i use edibls and tincture duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    23 May 2014, 12:11 AM Reply Like
  • bkpickell
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    So tell me this. How does something that is safer than water suddenly become harmful because it is more potent? And how does something become dangerous from people smoking less because of it being more potent?
    22 May 2014, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • danparks1
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    Say those who use drugs decide to fight back using the law, the Constitution of the United States and charge those who levy war on them, use deadly force against them with treason. Treason is only levying war on them and giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States.
    Then those who use drugs say the courts of the United States give aid and comfort to the enemies by upholding ex post facto bills as law which in doing so they have created the drug lords, the killings and crime.
    Two witnesses have testified to these overt acts in open court, charged those who levy war on them with treason and charged the courts with giving them aid and comfort.
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
    22 May 2014, 09:51 PM Reply Like
  • Iain Elliott
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    Pot is not more potent. I have smoked it on occasion since 1968. Some is stronger, some is weaker. The stronger pot puts you to sleep sooner. If you smoke strong pot, you will certainly not be motivated to try other, more long-lasting drugs. Pot is in a category by itself, as are pot users. We are not drug addicts. I still smoke it once or twice a month, I never have any on hand, and I never feel the slightest urge to buy any for myself. This is just another scare article by Washington DC's Hitlerite scientists. I've been hearing b.s. like this for half a century.
    22 May 2014, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • jammerk65
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    lol,,, 37%,,,,,send me some links,,,, lol,,,
    22 May 2014, 11:12 PM Reply Like
  • GNOMME
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    I think the issue is mute of the actual strengths in the newer strains. Research to date proves that higher concentrations of the active THC & Cannaboids are actually an anticarcinogen (also known as a carcinopreventive agent) is a substance that counteracts the effects of a carcinogen or inhibits the development of cancer ... Bad news for the big pharmacy companies I think, so I would wonder if their research or data might be fudged a bit or fears over emphasized. And I could go own with studies that show it’s many other medical benefits but I won’t take up too much of any enlightened readers time. Bottom line is: “The old guard needs to face the music and back off”.
    Project manager and registered agent for G.N.O.M.M.E. (Grown Naturally Organic Medicinal Marijuana) a 501.C3 registered non-profit in New Mexico.
    23 May 2014, 12:11 AM Reply Like
  • yogabbawhat
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    as a potsmoker and weed connoisseur ima quit smoking, this shits its just to much man. i think theirs another motive to legalizing weed. to many people smoke now a days they keep getting younger and younger. the media pushes it like crazy. and the strains just keep getting pushed on further on thc levels. i think they want to dumb us down(come on fellow smokers theirs no reason to deny this shit slows you down iq wise many test have proven that the younger you start the lower your iq is or just how it affects you) This shit is addictive as fuck( i believed the lie once to its natural it wont get you addicted fuck that if you still believe that your lyng to urself just wiat till ur 10 + years smoking than the insomnia and dependency kicks in). they probably just want to keep the dumb masses happy with their favorite drug. they can do anything as long as people get their weed.imagine all the dumbass wholl vote it in with a rider on it to give more millions away from the tax payers.People tend to loose love slowly with it and thats my theory this shit is going to slowly turn people into snakes.i remember when getting wax(back in the day called goo) was only once in a while now this shits blown up ive smoked 98 percent thc before imagine that dose right their with a dab straight to the dome. quicker addiction thats all i see.all my homies addicts every pot smoker i meet is an addict. its leaving us broke people spend their last ten bucks on a dimebag, just to smoke it in one sit down and want more, the city i live in is bankrupt and everyone doing drugs. thats how stupid they are they know the problem but rather get their dub sak. cartels taking over mexico, killing countless and we just ignore this to get our high shit aint right.chain smoking marijuana helped me free my mind and open up my third eye, and this is what im seeing
    23 May 2014, 03:24 AM Reply Like
  • GrizzlyBob5000
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    Of course it's getting stronger, 40+ years ago people got a hold of seeds, planted them, grew them and bam, they had Marijuana. They didn't have all the crazy strains like they do now, which is in the tens of thousands. Back then, You just had a plant. They said: "Wow man, I have some really nice plants with huge buds dude, check out my marijuana."

     

    Now, they say: "Yo!, check out my Skywalker, G13 and Girl Scout Cookies, they are so chill." We've come a long way since the 60's.

     

    Over the years people started searching for better strains and used science to determine which plants had the most unique features and maximum trichromes. Which now, it's all about the trichromes, not just having a plant and buds. All of that in home gardening has developed stronger weed. It will continue to become more potent as time goes on. It will however not be more dangerous (unless of course some idiot discovers how to breed marijuana with some other type of exotic non-marijuana plant and screws up the whole thing for the people. I doubt that will happen, but for now people will continue to produce strains that are healthy and helpful to people. No one wants to feel like crap.
    23 May 2014, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • GrizzlyBob5000
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    Well duh it's getting more potent, people have been working with it for years, using science to discover and cultivate the best strains of Marijuana. Back 40 years ago, people grew marijuana, if it was green and had buds, that's all that mattered.

     

    Now, people have many,many thousands of different varieties available and know more about Trichromes, which is where the potency comes from.
    23 May 2014, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • intrepidbelief
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    Whatever. The higher the potency, the better the medicinal affects. Medical industry is on it's knees..lying, and lying..to keep their bank accounts overflowing. I am glad to see it, it's about time..they have murdered enough people.
    23 May 2014, 05:42 AM Reply Like
  • intrepidbelief
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    Whatever...keep grasping at straws. The more potent, the higher the medicinal affects. That medical industry is on it's knees, and the whole world knows it! About time, too..they have murdered enough people.
    23 May 2014, 05:42 AM Reply Like
  • srhodes75
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    Junk science! The sativa strains from the late '60s and '70's had way more than 9% THC. The sensi versions had even more. Sensimilla means "without seeds" and is achieved by prohibiting pollination of the female flowers. The new versions appear to give a different type of high because of a different mix of cannabinoids, eg. body stone vs. heady stone.
    23 May 2014, 09:21 AM Reply Like
  • Freedom63
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    Novus Detox gets their clients from the government that opt for 'treatment' rather than get incarcerated but the State. Of course their self-serving directors want to keep their pockets flowing with the taxpayer's money.
    23 May 2014, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • Freedom63
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    Prohibition profiteers like Novus Detox make their money off the clients sent to them by the State, people that opt for 'treatment' rather than jail time. Of course their greedy directors want to continue lining their pocket's with the taxpayer's money as long as they can.
    23 May 2014, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • Awake and Alert
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    Wine is stronger than beer, whiskey is stronger than wine, and then you have Bacardi 151, all the way up to Everclear (195% alcohol.) Has the controversy surrounding the repeal of Prohibition increased with the use of "jello shots?"
    23 May 2014, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • loose cannon
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    You can certainly learn alot by reading these comments. Probably more than from the articles.
    23 May 2014, 03:25 PM Reply Like
  • franksq1
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    To the writer of this article. First get your facts straight. Yes potency has increased but to make this statement "This poses significant health risks" is a complete false hood name one health risk associated with cannabis and also to the fact that just because it's more potent has increased this false risks you state please add some fact based science to prove your article and then I might listen....
    23 May 2014, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    I stumble across this today in the SEC site and some may find it a worthwhile read. Sounds like some in the MJ industry may be smoking too much of what they sell.

     

    http://1.usa.gov/1gXxATd
    23 May 2014, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • iamzwooff
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    This article is bravo sierra propaganda. Humans have always sought the best cannabis products. can you say -hashish?
    More than 5000 years of human experience with cannabis(aka marijuana) and not one credible medical report indicating any deaths from cannabis consumption!!!

     

    See DEA Docket 86-22 page 56-57.
    23 May 2014, 07:38 PM Reply Like
  • rockyvnvmc
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    As a 61 yr. old man, who began experimenting with cannabis when I was about 15, I can truthfully state, that the cannabis that I've sampled, these days, is in no way as potent as the 'Redbud', 'Goldbud' & 'Thai sticks', of the 1970's. Including the supposed 'Medical Grade' cannabis, that I've sampled.

     

    note; I do Not have much of a 'tolerance', as I do not imbibe regularly.
    8 Jun 2014, 03:38 AM Reply Like
  • jjodice
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    I've been smoking regularly for 35+ years as have any number of acquaintances, and we all agree that there is no quantifiable difference in the "high" we get now versus decades ago. THC content may change, but that is only one component in how cannabis affects you, or else they would simply isolate it and we'd be popping THC pills rather than smoking. This subject would be better served if actual lifelong users were studied rather than lab rats. Willie Nelson would be a good starting point.
    15 Jun 2015, 04:16 AM Reply Like
  • trabob
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    That would be a good study
    (what does higher potency mean ?)
    I am even older then you guys, and I do not notice any difference in the effects or the length of time, so were does all that extra strength go? It is to late for them to stop it now, it is just a question of if it is legal or illegal, and how many people do they want to lock up because they had a smile on their face.
    15 Jun 2015, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • trabob
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    I like KAYS now
    23 May, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • cluelessndbattle
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    Why. Please detail your thoughts on future dilutions and timetables for stability on float. I enjoy reading your comments on this topic. Very helpful.
    24 May, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • trabob
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    I like them because of the financial report last night, but for some reason it was not advertised (promoted) their site is down because of limited bandwidth, so if not before it should be live next month as bandwidth is per month, I am optimistic on them
    24 May, 01:09 PM Reply Like
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