Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cannabis Is Twice as Strong as a Decade Ago

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cannabis Is Twice as Strong as a Decade Ago

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CANNABIS resin and herbal cannabis have significantly increased in potency and price, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across Europe.

The research, published in the journal Addiction, drew on data collected from across 28 EU member states as well as Norway and Turkey, for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

It found that over the past 11 years, cannabis potency has doubled across Europe.

Concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC - the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis - in herbal cannabis increased from five per cent in 2006 to 10per cent in 2016.

For cannabis resin, THC concentration rose from 8pc in 2006 to 10pc in 2011, but jumped to 17pc by 2017.

The price of herbal cannabis increased from 7. …

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