With its legalization, today’s marijuana is even more potent than it was 30 or so years ago. And while some studies have been conducted on cannabis, do consumers actually know what is in their weed? And while today’s modern marijuana is more potent than ever, this increased strength has come at a cost.
Today’s weed, strong as it may be, is lacking the components which are lauded as being beneficial to the consumer by the medical marijuana advocates within the cannabis community. Studies have shown that today’s cannabis is greatly contaminated with pesticides, fungi and heavy metals.
Apparently there is a stereotypical “hippy mentality” prevailing with consumers under the deluded impression that all marijuana growers are growing and cultivating their crops organically. But that is not the case at all. In labs that are certified to test cannabis, shocking studies reveal just how potent today’s contemporary marijuana has become. Studies specifically examined tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound that produces the plant’s famously renowned buzz high.
Under the lab scrutiny it was found that modern marijuana contains THC levels of 18 to 30 percent, which is double to triple the levels that were once customary in buds throughout the 1980s. This is because growers have cross-bred plants over the course of these many years to create more powerful strains, which today boldly tout such colourful names like Bruce Banner Hulkinator, Skunkberry and Blue Suede Cookies.
Marijuana growers acknowledge that their crops must be safe from all contaminants not only to ensure a top quality product, but safety for their consumers because it is being grown for ingestion in one form or another. Whether it be smoking rolled up in a joint, or eaten in food known as an edible. This is why it’s imperative to know the hidden dangers of undesired elements such as heavy metals. A few of these which stand out are cobalt, arsenic, cadmium, lead, copper and mercury. Research is being conducted on how these heavy metals can be prevented and eliminated from the entire growing process.
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You should always make sure your soil does not contain heavy metals or else the cannabis that is grown in it could get into your flower.