Marijuana for recreational use has been legalised in California and other states, and the industry is thriving. Dispensaries-Oregon Bud Company Recreational Marijuana Dispensary – Cesar Chavez has some nice tips on this. Perhaps a little too well. There are a lot of specialty commercial growers who are increasing the amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in their plants. THC, as you may know, is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It has an almost immediate psychological effect on the user, putting them in a different mental state.
The non-THC cannabis market is touting the health benefits of supplements, skin creams, protein powders, and a variety of other products, some of which are backed up by empirical data and others which aren’t (cite:1). Buyer beware: there’s a big difference between the cannabis by-products people use for health and wellness and the stuff people smoke to get high.
THC is a psychoactive substance that is classified as a neurotoxin.
Users are ecstatic as recreational marijuana growers compete for top-bidding – the highest THC concentration product. Users can get higher and faster with higher THC levels. Unfortunately, because THC is a neurotoxin/poison, it can cause brain damage. THC kills more brain cells than the body’s natural process of creating stem cells can produce over time, which can be dangerous. If you don’t think this is serious, we should look into some of the real consequences.
You could develop early Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease if you use marijuana with high, very high, or ultra-high THC levels. Isn’t that a serious situation? This is what happens when someone uses too much and/or too high a degree of focus. THC prevents the brain from developing long-term memories and learning new information for a short time. You must first construct short-term memories in order to develop long-term memories, but you can’t because your brain is disturbed during the process (cite: 2).
Perhaps you can understand why people who smoke a lot of marijuana have a hard time remembering things. Perhaps you can understand why people you know who smoke a lot of marijuana tend to have dementia at times. The biggest issue right now is that no one knows how serious the problem can get in the future because THC levels have never been this high. They are now, and there are no real limits to how concentrated THC quantities offered to the general public can be.
The High Potency THC Marijuana of the 1960s vs. Today’s High Potency THC Marijuana
“If all those people smoked too much marijuana in the 60s, how come they seem to be doing great now?” you could be wondering. That’s a good question, and it’s a good debate topic, but keep in mind that the highest THC levels in the 1960s were around 9%, and the majority were much lower, around 3 to 5%. We now have specialty marijuana with a 30 percent THC content.
They were at the lower levels if they were raising a small bud in their backyard in the 1960s. Compare that to the current high THC levels of 30 percent, which are six to ten times higher. Are you starting to see the issue? Many chemists, botanists, and GMO researchers are collaborating to create the most THC-dense weed possible. Growing high-grade potency marijuana costs a lot of money, and it’s in high demand among buyers and marijuana enthusiasts, who want it for bragging rights or the ultimate high.