NewsHub 21 September 2020
Our additional comment: Yep – 81% THC!!! But we all know this. The Minister and the government pushing this referendum either don’t know OR don’t want us to know! 🙄
VOTE NO – it’s the only safe vote.
The potent weed tracked down by Patrick Gower for his latest cannabis documentary is the strongest ever tested in New Zealand, the Government’s research institute has confirmed.
Newshub’s National Correspondent discovered the powerful cannabis product dubbed Diamonds while filming the third instalment of his On Weed series, which aired earlier on Monday night on Three.
The product – a concentrated cannabis resin put through various processes to form a crystal – is taken as a dab. Manufactured by a Kiwi who goes by ‘the Dab Chemist’, it’s an incredibly potent 81 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is one of 400 chemical compounds in weed, but it’s the most notorious because it’s the main psychoactive substance – it’s the bit that makes you feel high.
On Monday afternoon, Crown research institute Environmental Science and Research (ESR) confirmed in a social media post that Diamonds is the most powerful cannabis product ever seen in New Zealand.
ESR found the THC levels are nearly six times higher than the bush weed smoked by one chronic user interviewed by Gower, and still had more than four times the THC of the next-most powerful cannabis it tested, Ngāruawāhia Kush
As it stands, Diamonds is far too potent even for a regulated market in New Zealand. It’s unlikely to ever be available for purchase lawfully here, even if Kiwis vote in favour of legalisation at next month’s referendum.
This is because at 81 percent THC, it’s five times more potent than what’s allowed under the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill.
When told of the THC levels, Justice Minister Andrew Little was taken aback.
READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/09/on-weed-patrick-gower-alerts-justice-minister-to-new-zealand-s-strongest-ever-weed.html?fbclid=IwAR14rLVCZJ3lAo6OzUWIakz8wFOH8WodGbybaDb–mLQHYkU9HX0IyrU4tI