If you’ve been working to legalize hemp, medical marijuana, or recreational marijuana for more than 20 years, you start to recognize patterns in those who advocate against legalization. We used to be told we were into conspiracy theories, or that we were high back when it was illegal everywhere except for a handful of places, and quite limited if it was legal at all.
But, after Prop. 215 in 1996, as more and more people began to stop being worried that any association with cannabis would result in one’s life being ruined, many people started to understand that they were being lied to by our government. Even then, it was hard to believe, particularly for people in my parent’s generation, that the government would actually lie to our faces when they knew the truth.
My how times have changed.
When I saw this article on Huffington Post today, Jeff Sessions Warns Of An America With ‘Marijuana Sold At Every Corner Grocery Store’.
“States can pass whatever laws they choose,” Sessions told a crowd of attorneys general at the National Association of Attorneys General Winter Meeting. “But I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana being sold at every corner grocery store.”
Um, no. We don’t have them at grocery stores in Colorado, Washington, or any other state that has legalized. This was, perhaps, a plausible argument, if you were really high, say 20 years ago. But now – we have pretty clear models for how to grow, regulate, and distribute legal marijuana profitably and generating tax revenue. Maybe the AG is a closet toker. He must be to be floating this idea today.
When you look at this on the flower, they tend to make the flower look frosty white at the time of harvest, and they are often referred to as crystals because when they dry, they can kind of sparkle.
So, when we refer to the potency of marijuana, what this really means is that there is a higher percentage of mass or weight of these little Trichomes on and in the flower surfaces as a percentage of the weight of the . . . and, that’s actually the point. That percentage depends on what other parts of the plant you trim away.
Now, by using selective breeding, there are strains and methods of preparation that can push this number way up into the 20-30% range. But, go in any dispensary, and you still see strains that are all over the board, but generally not less than 10%.
But, it’s not like THC itself has become more potent. It’s still just the same molecule it always was. But, now that we know more about the other compounds, there’s different dimensions to the mix, so you will see higher and lower CBD percentages – including strains that virtually eliminate THC in favor of the medicinal effects of CBD.
This mischaracterization is simply a throwback to a day when it was demonized to the point where it would be put on a Schedule 1 list of controlled substances that have no medical value.
Now, beyond that, there’s other types of processing that strip away all of the plant matter with solvents or CO2. These have various efficiencies that can take that percentage up into the high 90s in terms of percentages. To help you understand, it’s the difference between beer and whiskey – just a higher concentration.