Marijuana grown by the federal government for research purposes does not have the same quality as the pot from other sources, according to a March 13, 2017, article in The Washington Post.
Until recently, by law, the U.S. federal government had to grow all the marijuana that would be used in official scientific research. The Drug Enforcement Agency last summer began allowing other sources to submit marijuana for research, but nothing submitted has been approved.
Researchers have found the federal government’s pot to be, essentially, irrelevant.
Sue Sisley, a research who has begun the first clinical trial of marijuana for veterans with PTSD, said the government’s pot is not comparable to what most growers and users would know.
“It doesn’t resemble cannabis,” Sisley said. “It doesn’t smell like cannabis.”
A similar assessment came from Jake Browne, pot critic for the Cannabist.
“That is, flat out, not a usable form of cannabis,” Browne said. “In two decades of smoking weed, I’ve never seen anything that looks like that. People typically smoke the flower of the plant, but here you can clearly see stems and leaves in there as well, parts that should be discarded. Inhaling that would be like eating an apple, including the seeds inside it and the branch it grew on.”
Part of the issue is the THC content in the government’s marijuana. THC is the chemical that provides the high.
While the government claims the pot grown at its University of Mississippi facility consists of 13 percent THC, Sisley’s testing found it was closer to 8 percent. Meanwhile, the marijuana commercially available in Colorado is around 19 percent THC.