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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">WASHINGTON - The marijuana being sold across the United States is stronger than ever, which could explain a growing number of medical emergencies that involve the drug, government drug experts Wednesday.<br><br>
Analysis of seized samples of marijuana and hashish showed that more of the cannabis on the market is of the strongest grade, the White House and National Institute for Drug Abuse said.<br><br>
They cited data from the University of Mississippi’s Marijuana Potency Project showing the average levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the products rose from 7 percent in 2003 to 8.5 percent in 2006.</td>
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Just imagine how potent it would be if it was legal and regulated. Or if you could grow your own?!?
 

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You know, it sort of is legal and regulated. There is a "medical cannabis dispensary" down the street from our apartment and more of them in our general neighborhood...
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The level had risen steadily from 3.5 percent in 1988.</td>
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Wow, more than double what it was when I was a teenager.<br><br>
Is this for real I wonder, or just anti drug propaganda? I just don't see how they can make it twice as strong. It's not like a chemical you can just make stronger. Is it?
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>aniT</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7955350"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I just don't see how they can make it twice as strong. It's not like a chemical you can just make stronger. Is it?</div>
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Oh, you can really do a lot through selective breeding. Just think of all our other domestic plants and how they were all developed from wild plants.
 

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There are different "breeds" that are drastically different in color, THC content, flavor, etc... selective breeding, yes, and genetic engineering. I don't know where the "samples" were taken from, and from who... so you can't really tell much on that. Different market calls for different plants. Some people want to get as high as possible on a small amount of pot, some people like the flavor and would rather smoke more with a less strong high. People grow what people buy, and that can vary greatly.. Im sure they could find some "samples" with higher levels of THC than that. Also, THC can be made into a liquid concentrate of some sort that contains 90-100% THC and some dealers dilute and add this to their old or slow products, and Im sure you can imagine how strong this would register in a machine that simply measures the strength of THC.<br>
From the article: "“The highest concentration of (THC) found in a cannabis (marijuana) sample is 33.12 percent from Oregon State Police,” the report reads."<br><br><br>
I'd also like to see what they consider a "medical emergency that involves the drug".
 

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Same old snore I remember from when I was a teenager, they bring it out every few years or so. Yes indeed, what medical emergencies are they referring to? That's a completely unsupported statement. Boy, do I hate bad reporting.<br><br>
Ah, I see. I googled "medical emergencies marijuana" and got the scoop (I don't know if MDC wants me to link to this site, so I won't.)<br><br>
Basically, when you go to the emergency room they ask you if you've been using drugs/ alcohol whether or not that is the actual reason you are there. The number of mentions of marijuana have been increasing, true, but it is mentioned less frequently than other recreational drugs and usually in combination with something else, like alcohol or cocaine.<br><br>
Blow things out of proportion, much?
 

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i have heard some doctors say that stronger stuff is safer because you have to smoke less to get the same effect so less smoke is being inhaled.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>moonfroggy</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7955591"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">i have heard some doctors say that stronger stuff is safer because you have to smoke less to get the same effect so less smoke is being inhaled.</div>
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<a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2007/04/17/hscout603764.html" target="_blank">http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/hea...out603764.html</a>
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">which could explain a growing number of medical emergencies that involve the drug, government drug experts Wednesday.</td>
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I don't where it says what these emergencies are?? Articles usually say when making such a quote/claim....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">“It clearly is addictive,” she said.<br><br>
If children and adolescents use marijuana, it <b>could</b> affect their still-developing brains, she said.</td>
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And thats all the bad they can say about it.<br><br>
LEGALIZE IT ALREADY DANG IT!!!!
 

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Addictive my butt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Not physically. Alcohol is much more addictive and that is legal. Prescription drugs are addictive and they are legal. But lets outlaw a plant!<br><br>
Propaganda!
 

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Propaganda indeed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
anyone wanna send me some?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br><br>
jk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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ummm, i'm gonna say that i agree that the weed i smoked last night is a hell of a lot stronger than weed i smoked a decade ago. So relieved it wasn't just drug-induced paranoia.
 

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*puff puff*<br><br>
Aaaaaaaaah. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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So someone please explain the consistent flow of absolute schwag that seems to be all I can come across recently. That's my drug related emergency right there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So someone please explain the consistent flow of absolute schwag that seems to be all I can come across recently. That's my drug related emergency right there.</div>
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come to miami. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2007/04/17/hscout603764.html" target="_blank">http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/hea...out603764.html</a></div>
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wow thats really interesting
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i have heard some doctors say that stronger stuff is safer because you have to smoke less to get the same effect so less smoke is being inhaled.</div>
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Yeah. I'd much rather take one good hit of some really nice stuff than keep puffing away on crappy weed. Yuck! That can't be good for you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">*packs bags and stands at the harbour to hitch a ride to miami*</div>
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you know you always have a bed waiting for you here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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So, how does the price compare to the prices back then, when adjusted for inflation? If we're paying the same, but getting a better high... dude. That rocks.
 
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