Contrary to what some people might assume, the government does actually study medical marijuana. Since the 1960s however, the feds have required that all the weed they do study must come through the federal government. What the government grows though, hardly resembles high-grade medical cannabis in the slightest. According to some experts however, this low-grade government weed doesn’t look like cannabis at all.
In March 2017, Sue Sisley set out to study the effects of medical marijuana for military vets who suffer from PTSD. With over $2 million funded with a grant from Colorado, the aim of the study was to see whether smoking marijuana could help reduce the symptoms of PTSD.
Low-Grade Government Weed “Doesn’t Resemble Cannabis”
The cannabis Sisley was given by government to study however, was nothing like the marijuana offered to patients throughout the various states where it is legal for medicinal use. “It doesn’t resemble cannabis,” Sisley commented. “It doesn’t smell like cannabis.”
In Colorado, your average bag of weed sold on the legal market contains roughly 19 percent THC. Some stronger strains can even contain up to 30 percent THC. When the cannabis Sisley was given by the government was tested for THC content, it rang it at a whopping 8 percent.
Shouldn’t Cannabis that Studies Medicinal Effects Be of Medical Quality?
The cannabis supplied by the federal government is grown at the University of Mississippi. It is managed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). One might think that the quality of cannabis supplied by this government agency would be top quality. Maybe even using strains that people find effective for the treatment of PTSD?
What researchers found instead however, was weed that was barely even suitable for smoking. Let alone testing for something as important as its effects on PTSD. Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), is part of the research study.
He reported that the cannabis supplied by the government for this study tested positive for levels of mold and yeast that were much higher than any medical dispensary would ever allow. Since the mold and yeast didn’t pose a threat to human health however, they went ahead with the study using the low-grade government weed.
According to one critic, “In two decades of smoking weed, I’ve never seen anything that looks like that. People typically smoke the flower of the plant, but here you can clearly see stems and leaves in there as well, parts that should be discarded. Inhaling that would be like eating an apple, including the seeds inside it and the branch it grew on.”
Does all government weed look like it was grown in a ditch? There’s no telling. And while NIDA does recognize that “there has been some emerging interest from the research community for a wider variety of marijuana and marijuana products…NIDA does plan on growing some additional marijuana this year and harvest some high THC material that will likely be above 13 percent THC.”
What this additional marijuana looks like, remains yet to be seen.