Potency of Marijuana
Potency refers to the strength of THC found in a given sample of Cannabis. Depending upon the strain and growing conditions, the level of THC can range dramatically. Even so, widespread advances in the techniques of marijuana cultivation are today producing average THC content that is more than double of that found just ten years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, current average THC content for Cannabis products is:
- Marijuana: 10% T.H.C.
- Hashish: 5% T.H.C.
- Hash Oil: 15% T.H.C.
One of the ways our government has tracked this alarming trend is through the Marijuana Potency Monitoring Program, conducted by the University of Mississippi. Funded by the government, this center evaluates thousands of samples per year, each of which is selected from drug seizures made across the country. Some of today’s samples test as high as 30% T.H.C. content. In 1983, the average THC content was 4%. (U.S.D.O.J.)