Why Marijuana Is Not The Drug Used By Previous Generations Essay

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A TARGET IN MOTION: TODAY’S MARIJUANA IS NOT THE DRUG USED BY PREVIOUS GENERATIONS
As scientific understanding of how marijuana impacts the developing brain is increasing and perception of risk is decreasing, marijuana producers are developing new strategies to create products that deliver higher levels of THC. The wide array of marijuana products accessible to youth today is indeed not the marijuana used by previous generations.
In the 1970s marijuana users generally smoked the leaves of the marijuana plant, which contained 1% to 3% THC. In contrast, an average quality joint in 2015 contains a minimum of 5% to 10% THC, at least tripling the amount of THC available to cross the blood-brain barrier. This change in THC content is due to a number of factors, including: (1) the plant strain previously used widely in the United States naturally contained lower levels of THC; (2) current marijuana usage includes an increased use of the bud portion of the plant, which contains higher levels of THC, as compared to the leaves; and (3) growers have developed horticultural practices and indoor growing conditions that significantly increase potency.
TODAY 'S MARIJUANA PRODUCTS CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF THC
There is a growing assortment of products that contain 45%-90% THC causing concern among prevention professionals. Following is an overview of these high-THC manufactured marijuana products currently available:
• Edibles and Pills: Snacks, candies, drinks, and capsules are infused…

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