Marijuana of today is not what is used to be. There has been a large increase in cannabis potency compared to what it was 20 to 30 years ago. Cannabidiol CBD, which many users believe and has been proven therapeutic decreased considerably while (THC) content has increased significantly.
The average potency of a marijuana strain is 20% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) compared to about 8% 2 to 3 decades ago.
Increased Potency and Addiction
Cannabis potency has increased to almost as high as 30%, which is quite high. Leaving many researchers to believe that strains now have the THC levels to make users develop addiction. Where as 20 to 30 years ago strains at levels of 10% or less were less likely to cause addiction.
THC levels have tripled its intensity in some strains. Because suppliers have cross-breed it over the years to meet consumers ‘ higher strength demands.
Breeders are Working on Higher CBD Strains
Do you want to benefit from many medicinal effects of CBD? Then look for high-CBD cannabis strains. Cannabis potency with high CBD can help to alleviate. Mild aches, pains and sleeplessness or more severe conditions such as autism and opioid dependency.
When you are looking for high CBD cannabis strains, an important factor is to compare the ratio of THC to CBD. When combining THC and CBD each can enhance the others therapeutic effects. This is called the “entourage effect”.
Chemical Contamination Discovered
Cannabis is a natural plant and is not a synthetically produced product. The production of cannabis increases the chances of the growth of harmful microbe contamination. This usually occurs when poor production practices are used in the growing process.
In cannabis plant cultivation and processing, common contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals and residual solvents can be introduced.
Cannabis plants can also absorb heavy metals from the soil where they are grown. The cannabis plant is known as a “hyperaccumultors” which means they easily absorb compounds from the soil into their roots.
As a federal agency, EPA cannot permit any chemical for use on an outlawed crop. Under federal law marijuana still remains illegal.
Even legal growers had no guidelines until recently, and several states are still catching up. With a black market still supplying most of America’s recreational pot smokers. The vast majority of marijuana farmers are free to put whatever they want on a product that most consumers plan to inhale into their lungs.