Is Marijuana Really Stronger Today?
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It’s fun to joke around that your parents simply couldn’t handle their weed back in the day, but it turns out they’re right about today’s strong medical cannabis strains. Potency has more than tripled since the herb became popular, and is continuing to push the limits as cultivation technology improves.
Older folks often make a point to tell you that today’s medical marijuana is much stronger than what they smoked back in the day—even bordering on psychedelic. Believe it or not, this has been verified multiple times over. It’s even prompted calls for government-imposed THC limits. The results may still surprise you, as scientists have uncovered more interesting facts about the recent history of cannabis and rise in potency.
It’s still difficult to determine the exact numbers behind the potency shift, since most of the cannabis industry’s activities have taken place underground. From what researchers can tell, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), used to hang around 1 to 4 percent of total cannabinoid content in the 1970s. Now, the average is more like 13 percent, but in sophisticated markets like Colorado, Washington, and California, you can easily find flowers well above 30 percent THC potency. read more at merryjane.com