Medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis are a burgeoning multibillion-dollar market cultivating global success as well as constant media attention. Cannabis has changed over the decades, this is for sure, but just how has it changed? If you ask, many people will say the cannabis of today is much different than it was decades ago. In a lot of ways, this is true. According to Josh Crossney, founder and CEO of the Cannabis Science Conference as well as scientific data there is a big difference in potency of certain cannabinoids particularly.
“Potency in the 1960s and 1970s tended to be in the 7-10 percent THC range. Today we see potency values over 30 percent, so you could say it is 3 to 4 times stronger. The advent of the use of hydroponics in the 1980s gave rise to noticeably higher potency.”
What About Concentrates
Then there are cannabis concentrates like shatter and wax that contain upwards of 50% THC. While this may cause an intense high for a newcomer to the cannabis culture with no major medical ailments, these strains can offer substantial benefits to many. High THC concentrations are great for relieving pain, helping fight against insomnia, and much more. However, cannabinoids are always better together than when isolated in high concentrations.
All Cannabinoids Matter
By having a broad spectrum of cannabinoids such as THC, CBN, CBD, and others with a prolific terpene profile many believe you can achieve the entourage effect. This is when the plant produces optimal results rather than just the benefits of a single cannabinoid-like THC or CBD. This is a concept that many cultivators and breeders alike are focusing on to produce the best possible cannabis medicine for tomorrow and generations to come.