Parents may recall the nicknames for the low-potency pot of earlier eras: ditch weed, schwag, brick weed. THC potency, the chemical in marijuana responsible for most of its psychoactive effects, averaged just 3.7% THC in the early 1990s.
Now...average potency of flowers/buds in Colorado is 17.1% and marijuana industry websites boast strains can reach 30%. Furthermore, marijuana concentrates average 62.1% but potency rates of up to 95% have been recorded. 

The scientific research is clear that marijuana can permanently harm teens’ developing brains. These skyrocketing THC potencies raise the stakes considerably for Colorado youth.  



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Ultra-Potent Pot: Growing Risks & Impacts




This is dabbing, an increasingly popular way to smoke ultra-potent marijuana.
With a blowtorch and nearly pure THC resin, it's a far cry from the relatively low-THC joints of earlier decades. Hear from a Colorado high school student, his mother, a prosecutor and an adolescent addiction specialist. Plus learn about the impacts on Pueblo.



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All marijuana is not the same.

In this CNN forum aired August 3rd 2016, Smart Colorado’s Diane Carlson engages Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on the difference between low- to no-THC medical treatments and Colorado’s extremely high-potency pot. (starts at 29:50)

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Dabs with a flat iron…

Dabs – a highly concentrated form of THC administered all at once for a quick high. Dabs can be, at a minimum, 4x stronger than a joint and can result in puking, extreme coughing fits, and psychosis… symptoms that even long-time weed smokers h

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New Statewide Research: CO Teens & Marijuana

New statewide research: Colorado teens see marijuana as less risky & use remains high June 20, 2016 Fewer Colorado high school students view regular marijuana use as risky behavior, according to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS), which was relea

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Marijuana in Denver’s Poorest Neighborhoods

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1 in 6 Children Hospitalized in Colorado

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