People who enjoy the recreational use of cannabis have been very excited by reports that Danish cannabis is very powerful. MedicalXpress reported on Nov. 19, 2015, that Danish cannabis is now stronger than it has ever been. Over the past two decades the concentration of the euphoriant THC which is in cannabis has tripled. This appears to be due to the a systematic processing of the cannabis plants. There is an increased health risk associated with the use of this stronger cannabis.
The increasing strength of cannabis which is being sold on the street in Denmark has been confirmed by the three forensic chemistry departments in Denmark and the Department of Forensic Medicine at Aarhus University. The quality of cannabis is seen as being equivalent to the content of THC . There was an average content of 28 percent THC in Danish cannabis samples from 2014. Between 2000-2011 the content of THC was between 8-13 percent. Christian Lindholst, the head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Aarhus University, says this means there has been a strong increase in the quality of cannabis over the years.
An explanation for the increase in quality of cannabis seems to be because cannabis production in Denmark and other European countries now generally takes place in what are called cannabis farms. Processed cannabis plants which are called skunk plants in Denmark are produced with the use of artificial lighting, ventilation and fertilizer. An accelerated growth process over the course of a few months on these cannabis farms results in the development of plants which have an extra large THC content. There has also been noted to be a different composition of psychoactive substances in cannabis plants grown this way.
The Copenhagen Post reports that Danish cannabis stronger and more risky than ever before. It is suspected the changes in cannabis from being grown on farms has increased the risk of harmful effects from smoking cannabis. Lindholst says the increased concentration of THC in Danish cannabis should lead to a discussion about the increased danger of smoking cannabis. He says that there is a greater risk of harm and adverse side effects from cannabis which is of such high quality. Lindholst says this means we should view cannabis as becoming a more dangerous and a more risky drug. Initiatives are needed to help cannabis users understand cannabis of higher quality may in fact prove to be more dangerous for their health.