After years of research, science and exploration, you might think we know just about all there is to know about the marijuana and drugs.
Until now there have been only three species of cannabis which includes Sativa, Indica / Afghanica and ruderalis, but now scientists and researchers have discovered a new specie.
UNITED KINGDOM – Adam Klen, 34, and his girlfriend Jasica Miller were walking deep inside the National Forest, when they smelled marijuana and started flowing the scent before stumbling upon the new specie of marijuana.
The couple made the discovery on Saturday morning, and asked not to be named, took photos and called the authorities.
Mr Klen, said: ‘It was funny. We couldn’t believe it. We were like “really? Is this real?” We never expected to find something like that”.
We like nature and we went to Forest to have a walk and have a look at birds and identify them.
We were just walking and walking and then I smelled marijuana, i thought there might be a person nearby smoking marijuana; I looked around but could not see anyone. Then my girlfriend said we should follow the scent just for fun, and we were surprised to find marijuana plantation.
We had no idea that we would end up discovering a new species of marijuana. I just thought this is one of the illegal marijuana farm in forest and should call the cops.
Officials finished eradicating the 26 mature plants with ONE different plant which smelled just like marijuana; they submitted it to Kings’s College London and Drug Control Center.
When we first received the plant we were very skeptical about its relation to cannabis. It has somewhat similar growth structure but the leaves look nothing like cannabis leaves.
The levels of THC — the psychoactive chemical that makes people high — in this new specie are above 42.2%. That was higher than expected and by any other marijuana specie – said researcher Dainel Pool in an interview with Discovery News.
While researchers think the most likely explanation for the new strain’s existence is from “Drug Traffickers” who grow illegal marijuana plantations in forests.
Law enforcement officials in the National Forest say marijuana groves are an increasingly frequent and often undetected feature of the vast terrain. Far from places usually visited by tourists, the plantations thrive.
The University of London only has one specimen, and it’s offering a £20,000 ($30,550) as reward to anyone who can bring researchers another one. According to Pool, “The only problem is that we don’t have any seeds, we only have one plant. We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.”
Meanwhile in United States, Mexican traffickers continued a trend of huge growth in the size and number of pot farms.They have switched from smuggling their crop to planting it on United States soil.
Cannabis contains at least 400 different chemicals, its main mind-altering ingredient is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The amount of THC in marijuana determines the drug’s strength. The sophisticated cannabis cultivation of today, produces higher levels of THC and therefore marijuana that is far more potent than the drug in the past.
Whether marijuana is more potent today than it was 30 or 40 years ago is at the center of much debate. With such a wide ranges in strengths available it is unlikely that the user is aware of the strength of their marijuana which can be risky.