Laboratory tests on marijuana strains grown in Colorado have revealed THC levels substantially higher than the national average, according to an Oct. 21, 2016, article at CNN.com.
“In the early 1990s, the average THC content in confiscated cannabis samples was roughly 3.7 percent for marijuana,” the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse says on a webpage. “In 2013, it was 9.6 percent.”
But JJ Slatkin, director of business development at state-licensed TEQ Analytical Laboratories, told CNN his labs have tested Colorado marijuana samples with THC as high as 32 percent.
Another state-licensed lab, CMT Laboratories, has found THC levels in some samples at 28 percent.
“I think we’re the best industrial growers of cannabis in the world,” Medicine Man Marijuana CEO Andy Williams said.
“While we don’t do genetic engineering here, we’re constantly looking for better genetics,” he said. “That means good, big and fast. So, it’s been a constant evolution of our genetics over time.”
But some pharmacists think the result of legal marijuana farming in Colorado has been a kind of pot-on-steroids.
“They’re kind of creating a Frankenstein cannabis,” Dr. Kari Franson, a clinical pharmacologist and pharmacist at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, said.