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Old 12-30-2018, 09:00 AM #1
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Cannabis strength doubles across Europe in 11 years

Cannabis strength doubles across Europe in 11 years
A study tracking increased potency of both herbal and resin types of the drug points to greater dangers for users

Jamie Doward
Sun 30 Dec 2018 00.05 GMT

Cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent.

The study, published on Sunday in the journal Addiction and conducted by researchers from the University of Bath and King’s College London, finds that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially harmful consequences for users.

In herbal cannabis, concentrations of THC – the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis which has been linked to psychosis – increased from 5% in 2006 to 10% in 2016.

For cannabis resin, THC concentrations remained relatively stable between 2006 and 2011 before increasing rapidly from 10% to 17% between 2011 and 2016.

The price of herbal cannabis increased from €7.36 per gram to €12.22 between 2006 and 2016 while the price of cannabis resin increased from €8.21 per gram to €12.27 per gram over the same period.

In the UK alone, THC levels in herbal cannabis remained roughly similar between 2006 and 2016, however police seizures suggest they have risen sharply in cannabis resin.

“These findings show that cannabis resin has changed rapidly across Europe, resulting in a more potent and better value product,” said Dr Tom Freeman from the Addiction and Mental Health Group within the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath who led the study, which was funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction.

Increases in the potency of cannabis resin are chiefly down to new production techniques in Morocco and Europe. But while THC levels have increased, amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) found in cannabis resin thought to offset some of the harmful effects of THC – have remained stable or declined.

“CBD has the potential to make cannabis safer, without limiting the positive effects users seek,” Freeman said. “What we are seeing in Europe is an increase in THC and either stable or decreasing levels of CBD, potentially making cannabis more harmful.”

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Extracts are bound to be more potent when improved extraction methods are used.

As for overall potency, it's possible the World is 2X as mental now than a decade ago and why drugs hit harder.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:59 AM #3
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I feel like whoever wrote this report has only ever seen bunk shit if they think weed was only 5% thc in 2006 and 10% in 2016 lol. These reports of thc content increasing over time never seem to have an accurate timeline.
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These sort of studies are like "discovering" new constellations of stars. In fact they are always suspicious of writing first the results and then look for the feedback. Double? No, the important question is which ones are the peak producers. Then strength will quadruple in 5 years.
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I would like to know what dangers for users they are talking about.
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Curious... How much would too much THC be?
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The figures in the article are probably quoting a mean average and sounds as if they didn't use very diverse samples.

In any case, let's just assume they're right. What pisses me off is the lack of questioning and the fact that they can't seem to get out of this prohibitionist view point. Of course cannabis has, over time, got stronger. Cannabis bred under prohibition will be stronger because new hybrids will be created by those who smoke it. Higher strength cannabis is for those with high tolerance.

It's a stupid piece of writing by someone who sounds like they know very little about cannabis. Don't even get me started on other points the journalist brings up.
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There's all these studies that say that THC levels has risen in cannabis samples and the 'experts' always claim it's a bad thing. I have yet to see a study testing this hypothesis. THC is non-toxic. I can think of reasons higher THC levels may be a good thing.

Smoking less plant material is one reason. Plant material is not good for your lungs. The cannabis and hashish is more pure, safer to use and less likely to contain adulterants.
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