New Science Confirms Our Parents’ Weed Was Terrible

Yesterday’s News – March 24, 2015

 

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Somebody get this kid some cannabis, please

 

Today’s cannabis is far from perfect though. A new study presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society by Charas Scientific found that modern cannabis can have a THC content of up to 30 percent, as opposed to the less than 10 percent found in the strains of those who came before us, who were all a bunch of bubble-gummers. The increase in THC has not seen a correlating increase in CBD however, which Charas founder Andy LaFrate claims is leading to product that is all, at least chemically, very uniform: “There’s a lot of homogeneity whether you’re talking the medical or retail level…One plant might have green leaves and another purple, and the absolute amount of cannabinoids might change, which relates to strength. But the ratio of THC to CBD to other cannabinoids isn’t changing a whole lot.” According to LaFrate, this means that, though a grower might claim one kind is good for pain and makes you sleepy and another is good for stress and gives you energy, there might not be much chemical evidence to support this. Because the report was full of good news, LaFrate also found a variety of contaminants, most commonly fungi and bacteria, but he couldn’t say for sure that was a bad thing: “This plant is living with bacteria that is essential to its survival…it’s kind of hard to say what’s harmful and what’s not…what’s a safe threshold, and what contaminants do we need to worry about?”  Weekend Review Kit is currently updating all strain reviews to read: It’s some kind of cannabis, it’s stronger than it used to be, and most likely covered in garbage that it maybe needs to survive. Below is a link to the press release:

eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/acs-lma022015.php

 

 

A new paper by Texas A&M University School of Law professor Gina Warren examines the energy costs of indoor cannabis cultivation, and the results are troubling. Indoor growing accounted for about one percent of overall electricity use in the country, and the number is three times greater in places like California. Mills writes: “One average kilogram of final product is associated with 4,600 kg of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, or that of 3 million average U.S. cars.” One more reason the federal government needs to get involved so this can be grown naturally outdoors and sent across state lines? Like tomatoes? The Washington Post looks at the research here:

washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/23/one-surprising-downside-of-marijuana-legalization-major-energy-use/

 

 

Ohio’s controversial attempt to legalize recreational cannabis gained momentum last week, as The Ohio Ballot Board approved a proposed amendment that would allow pot use by adults 21 and over, establish a medical marijuana program for minors with parental consent, and, most importantly, “limit the commercial growth of marijuana to 10 sites owned by the investors that are paying for the ballot campaign.” Unlike in other states, where ballot initiatives were supported by national cannabis advocacy groups, the right to profit from the cultivation of marijuana would be held exclusively by a small group of investors who financed the legalization effort this time around. NORML has mixed feelings. On one hand, they like weed, but on the other, what about all the people, mostly poor minorities, who have suffered the most under marijuana prohibition? Don’t they deserve a right to benefit from this? CNN has the rundown:

money.cnn.com/2015/03/24/news/ohio-legal-marijuana/

 

 

Legislators in Boston decided they didn’t want to let voters be the boss of them, and that if we’re all already planning to legalize cannabis in 2016, then we can just go ahead and take all our cannabis right now if we love it so much. But they get to make the rules dammit. They would also like voter input when they make the rules: “Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the Legislature to look at it ahead of time, listen to every point of view, anticipate every problem that we could, and try to do it right?” asked a very sensible sounding Senator Patricia Jehlen, a leading sponsor of the bill seeking to tax and regulate legal recreational cannabis ahead of the ballot initiative expected to pass in 2016. The Boston Globe has the full story:

bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/03/22/lawmakers-mull-marijuana-legalization/golTlLjcXUbSjuBqHyFmaN/story.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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