THC levels in marijuana have been measured and recorded since the 1980s, back when it was ~4%. In contrast, the marijuana we smoke today contains somewhere ~10% THC and is expected to reach ~16% within 5-10 years with advances in genetic manipulation. Some samples that have been checked have even been reported at around 30%; this isn’t just limited to domestic sources like indoor cultivation, but the increasing potency seen even in traditionally low-potency weed sources, like Mexican stress.
The areas of your brain that are affected by THC are the cannabinoid receptors, located in different parts of the brain, responsible for memory, decision-making and cognition. They also release dopamine, the euphoria-inducing hormone that makes us high. When the receptors are flooded, you get the munchies.Perry
In an article from Time Magazine, CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who is widely projected to be Obama’s pick for surgeon general, is against medical marijuana.
Maybe it’s because I was born a couple of months after Woodstock and wasn’t around when marijuana was as common as iPods are today, but I’m constantly amazed that after all these years–and all the wars on drugs and all the public-service announcements–nearly 15 million Americans still use marijuana at least once a month.
Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Emory University and famous television-doctor personality, has a stance and character which lends to him being more reasonable than most of the drug’s opponents. However, the pick has done little to ease concern that Obama’s bipartisan efforts could leave him making compromises in his first term which would disappoint a liberal support base hoping for change sooner, rather than later.
In a different interview though, Gupta also talks about MMJ’s effectiveness against Alzheimer’s disease and with glaucoma. Even though Dr. Gupta has shown the ability to be balanced, this whole article reeks of talking head factor and retention of the status quo.