Friday, July 22, 2005

Drug Falsehoods: An Example

Last night I sat down at 8.30pm and watched some of TV3's INSIDE NEW ZEALAND: HIGH TIMES. What interested me is that the documentary made a number of claims that didn't sit right with me. An example:
They made the claim that marijuana today is 7 times as potent as it was in 1970. This claim is often made by drug warriors, and is used to convince adults that marijuana is much worse today than it was in their day. As U.S. Drug Czar John P. Walters says:
"Parents are often unaware that today's marijuana is different from that of a generation ago, with potency levels 10 to 20 times stronger than the marijuana with which they were familiar."
(The Myth of 'Harmless' Marijuana, Washington Post, May 1, 2002)
But the claim is a lie. From Erowid:

average potency has remained essentially unchanged since the early 1980s according to the government-funded Potency Monitoring Project (PMP) at the University of Mississippi

I realise that advancments in technology (e.g. hydroponics, plant cloning and sophisticated lighting systems) allows more potent weed to be grown. But I highly doubt it has increased as much as they claim, and even if it has we must remember than since "the primary health risk of marijuana comes from smoking, higher potency products can be less dangerous because they allow people to achieve the desired effect by inhaling less. "
Data from sites varies, with some saying in 1970 THC potency was 4% and others (US drug enforcement adminstration) claiming less than 1%. This site appears to be credible (relies upon Journal of Forensic Sciences for example) and u can see that going from 1.23% to 5.81% thc is not a 7x increase.



5 Comments:

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also said that LSD is 7x less potent these days than in the 70s


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