a reply to: Krazysh0t
This potency issue is a joke. There are so many factors involved in weed strength. For a start, just measuring the THC level in the plant material is
oafish in the extreme. Many people do not smoke pure joints, but roll up with a mixture of tobacco and weed. This is done for two reasons that I can
ascertain. First of all, this method allows the user to control the amount of the physical substance consumed, and therefore the strength of the roll.
Therefore if what the user is after, is a certain level of hit from the smoke, and no more, they will figure out the best ratio of one to the other to
use, to achieve it, no matter the strength or concentration of the active ingredient, meaning the smoke remains largely the same in terms of strength.
It is not, as far as I can tell , the case that everyone who smokes weed, does so to get as high as possible, as fast as possible. Everyone has
different tolerances and preferences when it comes to doing what they do, and weed is not an exception so far as I can make out. The other reason to
roll this way, is that doing so preserves the weed and makes what a user buys, last longer.
There are, of course, those who will insist on rolling a blunt after work and casting themselves adrift on a sea of unthought, upon a ship of mind
becalmed. But I have never heard of any of the potheads I have met in my life, doing such a thing with the hybridised, high potency stuff, if only
because drooling on oneself for half an hour tends to leave a sticky residue, and furthermore, most folk only want to know what a stroke feels like,
if they are unfortunate enough to have one at some stage.
The problem comes when you get ignorant people smoking as a status symbol, and seeking to outstrip one another in terms of the potency of the smoke
they have, and the amount they can handle. I have never mixed with anyone who fit into that street culture mentality anyway, because that whole "my
posse has more game than your posse” thing has always seemed like a lot of phallus waving to me, and I have better things to do with my time.
However, I have seen the effects, and they are rarely pretty.
In any case, strength by the measure of weight is hardly the key factor in figuring out the effect of a certain strain, because all that really
matters is HOW it is smoked, and WHO is smoking it. This is because there are may different approaches to smoking, and everyone's tolerances are
different, depending on factors like the quality and speed of circulation of blood in their bodies, the size of their lung capacity, the number of
receptors for the active ingredient they have in their bodies, and the way their individual neurochemistry reacts to the substance.
In short, studying the substance, without studying the smokers and their individual habits, means that all the measurements these scientists take,
mean absolutely nothing at street level. It is the EFFECT of ACTUAL use which needs examining to establish the actual ramifications of the
availability of these high potency strains, not some clinically sterile lab experiment. I would advise these boffins to go to a smokers house, and see
for themselves how the substance is used, by a wide variety of people who partake, rather than just doing standardised tests on a whole heap of the
stuff. It might make for results which mean something in the real world.
edit on 6-3-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error