Louis C.K. is one of the world’s most popular stand-up and television comedians, but what he said recently about getting "too high" on modern mega-potent marijuana is more than just hilarious...it's a serious topic for marijuana growers and users.
|Louis C.K. is one of the world’s most popular stand-up and television comedians|
The comedian is no stranger to personal revelations, or political controversy. When he was a guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show, he even asked former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld if Rumsfeld was an evil “lizard!”
In his very funny comedy segment about smoking marijuana, Louis C.K. is talking about the generation gap between how 20-year-olds handle the THC potency of today’s top-shelf connoisseur marijuana…and how that same marijuana is sometimes overwhelming for older marijuana consumers.
As a professional marijuana grower, what I focused on most when I saw the Louis C.K. marijuana comedy clip embedded later in this article, is that he’s right to say today’s marijuana IS stronger than marijuana in the 1970s and 80s. Here’s why Louis C.K. is right about marijuana potency, and why what he says is a compliment to our marijuana community…
First off, remember that in the 1960s and 70s marijuana was grown mostly in Mexico and other Third World countries. Marijuana growers didn’t yet use the modern “sinsemilla” seedless marijuana technique that deprived female marijuana plants of male pollen so that female flowers swelled up unfertilized, piling on more and more THC and other resins.
Even the best Colombian Gold, Oaxacan, Panama Red, and Jamaican marijuana came into North America in comprssed bricks. This stuff was full of seeds, stems, and sometimes even had male flowers.
You could get an ounce of the finest Colombian Gold for $20. But when you “cleaned” that ounce to remove seeds, stems, dirt, and other contaminants, it became a lot less than an ounce.
So some marijuana smokers smoked everything in the bag, which meant they were smoking low-THC material along with high-THC material.
Worse yet, because old school marijuana was most often picked wet, doused with water or sugar, subjected to heat, bricked, and shipped thousands of miles, it was degraded...so its THC was compromised and there were higher levels of other cannabinoids (such as CBD and CBN), that tend to limit rather than potentiate the THC high.
The overall marijuana THC percentages, measured in the 60s and 70s by government testing and other marijuana testers, was in the range of 3-7% even for primo weed. You could go see Pink Floyd doing Dark Side of the Moon live, and smoke an entire ounce of Colombian Gold.
Nowadays, top-shelf marijuana tests as high as 15-27% THC. The marijuana is domestically-grown, picked at the height of resin gland size and THC percentages, properly dried, cured, and stored.
Marijuana today is the result of 50 years of progress in marijuana botany, hydroponics nutrients, breeding, strain development, and growing techniques.
Today growers can use marijuana resin and weight boosters like the made-for-marijuana Advanced Nutrients’ Kushie Kush, Bud Factor X, Bud Candy, Bud Ignitor and other formulas to grow marijuana strains that combine the best old school and new school marijuana genetics with 21st century cannabis cultivation and processing strategies to create solid chunks of frosty, sticky buds loaded with THC preserved at peak ripeness and psychoactivity.
Take it as a compliment that today’s marijuana is stronger than what people like Louis C.K. smoked when they were teenagers many years ago, but here’s another thing Louis C.K. gets right: as your brain and body get older, they have a harder time processing THC and other cannabinoids.