MYTH: Marijuana is just like alcohol. If we people drink, we should let them use marijuana.

FACT: Today’s Marijuana Is More Like 90-Proof Vodka


Lawmakers have to play catch-up on the cannabis products being sold today. THC is the psychoactive component typically associated with the “high” from marijuana. In the U.S., THC concentrations in the 1970s on average were under 2%[i], reached 3% in the 1980s, were 4% by the mid-1990s and steadily climbed to almost 15% by 2018[ii].

Today, especially in legal markets, we are seeing even higher concentrations. For example, in Washington state, flower products – that is, marijuana that is smoked – commonly exceed 20% THC[iii]. Concentrates, which include dabs, hash oil and other products, routinely exceed 60% THC[iv].

“High potency” cannabis is considered to be anything over 10% THC[v]. Use of high potency cannabis is associated with a number of outcomes, including greater risk of cannabis use disorder and adverse mental health outcomes.

Highly potent weed creating marijuana addicts worldwide, study saysCNN Health

Higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – the part of the marijuana plant that makes you high – are causing more people to become addicted in many parts of the world…Concentrated products can reach extremely high levels of THC.”







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