Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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Marijuana

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our dedication to and focus on higher learning. Much of our pride stems from western Canada where "B.C. Gold" is grown and distributed to the many Canadians who ache to be baked.

Depending on the level of the chemical tetra hydrocannabinol (THC), the effects of marijuana can vary anywhere from causing users to feel slightly mellow to the more drastic spaced-out feeling associated with such "award-winning" films as Half Baked and Dazed and Confused.

The THC levels in most South American import weed varies between 3 to 4 per cent, much like most outdoor homegrown weed. As with our beer, Canadians have no tolerance for that wimpy stuff – we like it potent. The THC levels in B.C. Gold are as high as 15 to 20 per cent. B.C. Gold growers use special cross-breeding techniques to create these high THC levels and further strengthen the effects of their produce by raising plants with high quality fertilizers in hydroponic conditions.

Not everyone prefers the effects of the glamourous B.C. Gold to that of outdoor homegrown pot. Danielle, a third-year Western science student with a penchant for the occasional toke, favours her own Lanarck County outdoor homegrown weed to that of its stronger and more chemically altered western cousin.

"I trust the outdoor homegrown weed more than that hydroponic stuff – the B.C. weed uses more fertilizer and you really don't know what's been done to it," Danielle explained.

While much debate surrounds the issue of whether or not marijuana should be legalized, many allege that the health risks associated with smoking up are arguably negligible when compared with the consequences of such legalized substances as alcohol. As a loyal toker, Danielle believes that her fondness for weed is perhaps safer than most people think.

"If I drank as much as I smoked, I'd be dead," she says.

–Ila Seegobin

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