The 1970s were a fun time for people of that generation. Life was easy and food was cheap, and to make it an even more fun time, they had marijuana.
Flown in from South America or shipped in boatloads, kilos upon kilos of dried-up flakes and brick of cannabis was entered into the United States on a daily basis until prohibition occurred in 1970.
That didn’t stop the trade… people only got smarter with moving the herb until it wasn’t profitable anymore.
And just like the times, marijuana of the 70s has changed a lot. Today, marijuana is said to be 57-67% more potent when compared to samples from the ’70s.
How do we know this about pot?
Since the 1970s, the Natural Center for Natural Projects Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi has been testing marijuana samples confiscated in U.S. marijuana raids.
Through the years, the agency has noted multiple factors that are responsible for the change in the potency of marijuana in the United States. And they are;
Time: Originally, cannabis of the 70s took a longer time to get to consumers in the United States. This time lag between growing time, transportation, and distribution allows for the herb to lose some of its potency.
Plant Mix: Cannabis potency is actually a very complex topic. There are several factors that help to determine the depth of potency of a particular strain. The level of genetics and farming methods that allows for enhanced farming is available to farmers today but the same wasn’t available for those in the 70s.
The weeds of the 70s were of the regular seed strains and would often compose of the leaves, flowers and stem. But today, the resin of feminized seeds strains are the go-to for any cannabis lover and herein lays the depth of potency of that strain.
Changing Farming methods: Most farms today are high-tech, planting highly improved seed genetics with continuing research to support their growth. In the 70s, it was plain old weed, MJ. The weed was often the best of what the environment could offer unlike today where every step of the process is monitored and in so many instances, controlled.
The advent of small-hold farmers and home plants, allows growers to experiment with seed genetics and also get the best, freshest weed with all its high potency resins in their prime.
A final word on how cannabis has changed since the 70s
The weed today is really breaking grounds, leaves little to wonder what the next-generation weed would feel like.