The “New” Marijuana

Marijuana is a drug that’s sweeping the nation. From blunts, to pipes and edibles, users are routinely practicing it any way they can. The term “marijuana” refers to the dried flowers, seeds, stems, and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. Marijuana is a hallucinogen − a substance that distorts how the mind perceives the world you live in.  It contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC − the mind-altering chemical that creates this distortion.

THC is the key ingredient in marijuana. The higher the THC level, the more “high”, similar to an LSD-high, is experienced. Paranoia and anxiety can set in quickly.

During the 70’s, marijuana was 2-4% THC, which is basically the equivalent of light beer. Today’s street marijuana contains 6-12% THC which is the equivalent to having 12 shots of hard liquor.

1970’s 2016 Equivalent
Quarter Gram 1 joint
16 Joints One Gram Blunt
“Old” Marijuana Light Beer
“New” Marijuana 12 Shots of Hard Liquor

The latest trends are marijuana concentrates. These are all ingested orally, and they include:

  • “Peanut brittle”
  • “Shatter” – clear light yellow like glass
  • Hash Butane oil
  • Wax, crumble, budder
  • Medical marijuana edibles (snacks, soda, baked goods, etc.)

Shockingly, these extracts can yield over 80% THC content.

THC does have a shelf life. It loses 50% of its effect in 60 days, 75% in 180 days, and 100% in 700 days. However, regardless of the loss, marijuana can harm a person’s memory. This impact can last for days or weeks after the immediate effects of the drug wear off.  Students who use marijuana have lower grades and are less likely to get into college than non-smokers.

The “new” marijuana is definitely not your granddaddy’s weed.


Toya Wright talks with Detroit students about VIP Status

Toya Wright spent the day talking with Detroit students about their physical, emotional, and financial statuses. Auditoriums at Davenport and Wayne State Universities were filled with excited students who participated in three days of rapid HIV testing. As Toya shared personal stories, students tweeted, posted, and texted the lessons learned to friends. Know your VIP Status! –tony dorian

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The Detroit Recovery Project

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Detroit Recovery Project – Detroit, MI

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Andre Johnson spearheaded report…

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