With marijuana being legalized for recreational use in California and other places, we see the industry alive and well. Probably very well. You see, there are a lot of specialized commercial producers pumping volumes on THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) material. THC, as you know, is the active ingredient in marijuana that you get high. It has an almost immediate psychological effect that puts the user in a transformed state.
The non-THC hemp market is exploiting the health benefits – proven with some empirical data, some not – for an assortment of supplements, skin creams, protein powders, and other products (cited: 1). The purchaser is advised that there is a big difference between smoking to get the goods high, and cannabis by-products that people use for health and well-being.
THC is a potent psychological chemical and classified as a neurotoxin
As recreational use competes for top-bidding for marijuana growers – the most THC-focused product – users are liking it. With higher levels of THC, users can achieve higher, faster. Unfortunately, since THC is a neurotoxin / poison, it can also cause brain damage. This can become quite severe over time, as THC kills more brain cells than the body’s natural process, which can lead to stem cells. If this is not serious for you, perhaps we should explore some real effects.
If you use marijuana with high, very high or high-high THC levels, you may bring on early Alzheimer’s or end up with Parkinson’s disease. Now, this is very serious, isn’t it? This is what happens for those who use too high and / or too high a concentration level. THC temporarily prevents the brain from making long-term memories and learning new things. To make long-term memories, you must first create short-term memories, but you cannot do so because your brain is interrupted in the process (cited: 2).
Perhaps you can see why people who smoke too much marijuana often have trouble remembering things? Maybe you can see that people you know who smoke too much marijuana sometimes have dementia. Now the biggest problem is that no one knows how bad this problem will be in the future, because the level of THC was never before. Now they are, and there are no real guidelines on how THC levels can be sold to the public.
1960’s Pot and Today’s High Potency THC Marijuana
In fact, you must be thinking to yourself right now; “If all those people smoked so much weed in the ’60s, then how do they feel right now?” This is a fair question and a great debate, but consider whether you would say that in 1960 the highest THC levels were less than 9%, the highest around 3 to 5%. Today, we have specialty marijuana which is 30%.
If someone was growing a little bud in their backyard in the 1960s, they were on the lower levels. In comparison, a higher 30% THC level is now available, which is six to ten times higher? Are you starting to see the problem? Many chemists, botanists, and GMO researchers are all working very hard to produce THC intensive marijuana. A lot of money is involved in the production of high-grade potent marijuana, it is in high demand by consumers and marijuana enthusiasts. Sometimes for bragging rights, sometimes in search of the ultimate high.
Marijuana dispensaries and vendors often say they have the most THC marijuana for sale, some are called sales rubbish. Nevertheless, even though they claim that it is 35%, but it is only 25%, it is still very much concentrated for daily use.
1.) Understanding “Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities for the FDA Regulation of CBD in Food Products,” by Hannah, published in the fall of 2019, Journal of Food and Policy, Volume 15, Number 2.
2.) “High Potential Cannabis and Psychosis Risk” by Marta Di Forti, et. al. Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, Br J Psychiatry. 2009 December; 195 (6): 488–491. doi: 10.1192 / bjp.bp.109.064220. The second article of high TCH research (PDF).