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Old 06-12-2008, 09:30 AM  
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Study: Marijuana potency increases in 2007

Study: Marijuana potency increases in 2007

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WriterThu Jun 12, 7:21 AM ET

Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level in more than 30 years, posing greater health risks to people who may view the drug as harmless, according to a report released Thursday by the White House.

The latest analysis from the University of Mississippi's Potency Monitoring Project tracked the average amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in samples seized by law enforcement agencies from 1975 through 2007. It found that the average amount of THC reached 9.6 percent in 2007, compared with 8.75 percent the previous year.

The 9.6 percent level represents more than a doubling of marijuana potency since 1983, when it averaged just under 4 percent.

"Today's report makes it more important than ever that we get past outdated, anachronistic views of marijuana," said John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He cited baby boomer parents who might have misguided notions that the drug contains the weaker potency levels of the 1970s.

"Marijuana potency has grown steeply over the past decade, with serious implications in particular for young people," Walters said. He cited the risk of psychological, cognitive and respiratory problems, and the potential for users to become dependent on drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

While the drug's potency may be rising, marijuana users generally adjust to the level of potency and smoke it accordingly, said Dr. Mitch Earleywine, who teaches psychology at the State University of New York in Albany and serves as an adviser for marijuana advocacy groups. "Stronger cannabis leads to less inhaled smoke," he said.

The White House office attributed the increases in marijuana potency to sophisticated growing techniques that drug traffickers are using at sites in the United States and Canada.

A report from the office last month found that a teenager who has been depressed in the past year was more than twice as likely to have used marijuana than teenagers who have not reported being depressed 25 percent compared with 12 percent. The study said marijuana use increased the risk of developing mental disorders by 40 percent.

"The increases in marijuana potency are of concern since they increase the likelihood of acute toxicity, including mental impairment," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funded the University of Mississippi study.

"Particularly worrisome is the possibility that the more potent THC might be more effective at triggering the changes in the brain that can lead to addiction," Volkow said.

But there's no data showing that a higher potency in marijuana leads to more addiction, Earleywine said, and marijuana's withdrawal symptoms are mild at best. "Mild irritability, craving for marijuana and decreased appetite I mean those are laughable when you talk about withdrawal from a drug. Caffeine is worse."

The project analyzed data on 62,797 cannabis samples, 1,302 hashish samples, and 468 hash oil samples obtained primarily from seizures by law enforcement agencies in 48 states since 1975.

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Old 06-12-2008, 09:34 AM   #2
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Haha. I guess that I am one of the few in the world that does not like pot. Doesn't work for me. Good post though.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:41 AM   #3
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Yaaaaaawn.

There are far more worse things for your body like.........you know.......alcohol.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:43 AM   #4
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I'm confused. Higher potency --> less smoke inhaled --> less chance of health issues, right? Wouldn't this be a good thing?
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:44 AM   #5
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Yaaaaaawn.

There are far more worse things for your body like.........you know.......alcohol.
Very true. I don't like "the smoke", but booze is much worse. If you can do what you do, and not have a problem....then, whatever is cool with me. I have been around so many smokers that I know it can be fine in most cases.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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A report from the office last month found that a teenager who has been depressed in the past year was more than twice as likely to have used marijuana than teenagers who have not reported being depressed — 25 percent compared with 12 percent. The study said marijuana use increased the risk of developing mental disorders by 40 percent.

"The increases in marijuana potency are of concern since they increase the likelihood of acute toxicity, including mental impairment," said Dr. Nora Volkow
Yeah...these are significant findings from the old 3% days (60s/70s).
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:48 AM   #7
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shocker. a white house drug policy in which we demonize pot without actual studies or facts. "were afraid it will lead to addiction to herion and cocaine." give me a break, neither of these drugs need pot to aid in the process. cigerettes are more dangerous than pot. i'm glad texas changed some of its pot policys.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:53 AM   #8
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shocker. a white house drug policy in which we demonize pot without actual studies or facts. "were afraid it will lead to addiction to herion and cocaine." give me a break, neither of these drugs need pot to aid in the process. cigerettes are more dangerous than pot. i'm glad texas changed some of its pot policys.

Yeah, it should be legal. I would still never buy it myself, but why should people have to risk their jobs by smoking?
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:02 AM   #9
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:03 AM   #10
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shocker. a white house drug policy in which we demonize pot without actual studies or facts. "were afraid it will lead to addiction to herion and cocaine." give me a break, neither of these drugs need pot to aid in the process. cigerettes are more dangerous than pot. i'm glad texas changed some of its pot policys.
Yes policies need to change. Hemp would provide a better alternative for fuel than corn, a better fiber than polyester or cotton and has higher resistances to weeds and pests thus using less toxic chemicals to the environment.

Things will never change as long as the government sees it's only purpose is to get "high".
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:09 AM   #11
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I'm confused. Higher potency --> less smoke inhaled --> less chance of health issues, right? Wouldn't this be a good thing?
You are correct DaFace.

I don't smoke pot much, but enough to realize that "Crippy", or "kind buds", and "kush" have certainly pushed the "shwag" right out of business here in south FL.

Last longer, better buzz, and less of it is smoked.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:12 AM   #12
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I'm confused. Higher potency --> less smoke inhaled --> less chance of health issues, right? Wouldn't this be a good thing?
The US government doesnt want you to see any of that. Weed is something they can NEVER tax or sell, so they dont give a shit about it.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:13 AM   #13
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Yes policies need to change. Hemp would provide a better alternative for fuel than corn, a better fiber than polyester or cotton and has higher resistances to weeds and pests thus using less toxic chemicals to the environment.

Things will never change as long as the government sees it's only purpose is to get "high".
Dude, don't take this wrong. My friends used to always say that we could make better clothes and all that shit. lmao, people just want to smoke it, and that is alright.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:14 AM   #14
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A report from the office last month found that a teenager who has been depressed in the past year was more than twice as likely to have used marijuana than teenagers who have not reported being depressed — 25 percent compared with 12 percent. The study said marijuana use increased the risk of developing mental disorders by 40 percent.







Have they ever even considered, that maybe these kids were smoking because they were depressed.

I remember the kids who were doing the drugs in HS. I was one of them, and while I do not blame my situation for my actions, it was pretty apparent that almost all of us came from ****ed up families, and house holds.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:23 AM   #15
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Whoever decided pot was worse than alcohol is an idiot. Let me rephrase that. Whoever still thinks pot is as harmful as alcohol, or as harmful as the bogus war on drugs tells us it is, is an idiot.
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