Monday, March 10, 2008
Let's Chat Potency
The DEA has stated that part of the danger of marijuana comes from increasing potency levels beginning in the early 1970s. This is, not surprisingly, yet another example of the DEA’s inability to take an unbiased scientific look into the real "dangers" of marijuana. In one study cited by DEA, researchers found that the potency in an old sample of weed from the ‘70s, in comparison to a new sample, had a giant potency spike.
I won’t argue that this is indeed fact. The problem arose when Dr. John Morgan, a physician and professor of pharmacology at the University of New York Medical School, discovered that the old sample was taken from a low potency batch of Mexican swag, that had been deteriorating in a police locker for thirty years. When compared with decent- quality domestic samples of marijuana, of course there was a potency spike.
The fact is that even in the ‘70s, high grade marijuana was more than readily available. Even in the ‘60s and prior, signature bud strains, such as Acapulco Gold and Panama Red, where more than prevalent. In addition to these signature strains of marijuana, a variety of hashish and hash oil where every bit as strong as today’s sinsemilla (bud strain high in THC and seedless).
Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts
Lynn Zimmer Ph.D.
John P. Morgan MD
Drug Policy Alliance