Nationally, the potency of marijuana has more than tripled since the mid-1990s.

  Average potency of marijuana flowers/buds in Colorado is now 17.1% THC while the average potency for concentrates is 62.1%. Potency rates of up to 95% have been recorded.
  After the Dutch observed negative impacts from rising THC potencies, a team of health experts concluded that THC potencies above 15% should be considered a hard drug.
  Colorado ranks 1st in the nation for youth (12+) use of marijuana.
  Research shows marijuana is harmful to the developing brains of adolescents, which may result in psychotic symptoms, schizophrenia, drug addiction and lower IQs.

The rise of high-potency pot has coincided with increases in Colorado hospitalizations and poison center calls.

  More potent pot has been tied to psychotic episodes.
A well-known British study has linked higher potency pot (12%-18%) to 24% increase in new cases of psychosis.
Tolerable doses of marijuana have yet to be determined even though highly potent pot is already being sold on Colorado’s commercial market.

Limit THC potencies until there is scientific evidence to prove highly potent pot does not pose unacceptable risks to public.

Educate the public – especially youth – on dangers of marijuana and well-studied and documented negative impacts to the developing brain of lower-potency pot.
Fund research to better understand the risks associated with such high concentrations of THC.
Limit marijuana commercialization, advertising and marketing, which normalizes and promotes use among youth.
Enforce laws restricting false health and benefit claims.

Unrelenting Vomiting

Paranoia Increased
Heart Rate Dangerous
Panic Attacks
Extended Psychosis
Difficulty Breathing

Call 911 for any medical emergency

Call 311 to report marijuana complaints and violations in Denver
Concerning reactions, call Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center 1-800-222-1222
To anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or community, call Safe2 Tell 1-877-542-7233 (
Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment 
National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens
National Institute on Drug Abuse 

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THC Potency in the News


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