That should be a first indication of $495 that it is all about the bucks,not the breeding. I have seen 20% and even some really nice 15%, but never 50%. But you must admit, during the sixties, when 2 or 3% was pretty common, if someone would of told me Ten or Twenty percent THC, I would have certainly thought they also were BS.
There is a lot of concern going on that the strains are getting cross bred out of reality and that we are losing so much of the quality traits that make it so good. Most breeders are in it for the dollars now and not like the early days of Neville from Holland or stock like Humbolt County Skunk Number 1 that would make a train take a dirt road.
there are a couple of guys out there that are doing it for the love of the game and not just cranking out seeds for the beginners. Almost every grower I know finds a really nice mother and their entire crop comes from clones. Most growers I know might pick up a cutting from a really excellent strain but very few are going with the NEW Improved versions, only the killer weed that stood the test of time. There is a reason that Bubblegum, Northern Lights, AK 47 et al seems to be the main stay of most growers. It's good shit.
It's like women, we all develop different taste in our selection process. Thank God for that or there would be one Woman with ten thousand guys waiting in line and the rest of them waiting by the phone like wall flowers. So viva la difference and I wish him well on his "next selection" of seeds. Me personally, I will stay with the tried and proven that have stood the test of time. Just my 2 cents.
I disagreed with one of your other threads, but here, you are dead on. Why do growers stick with the true lines, b/c they work and are good. 50% THC, I will question and challenge that directly to the breeder. The fact that THC Acid is converted to THC when cannabis is heated, me and a friend decided to test several strains claiming 20% + THC levels while in NYC. We used gas chromatography analysis to measure THC % of these well known strains, all from a very reputable service in NYC. For the most part, out of over 20 strains, we found not one to hit the 20% mark. I do have a organic chemistry degree and know how to use this type of equiment and how to test for such. On avg. out of over 20 strains we had some in the 15-17% ratio, none were much higher. On a total avg. it was around 14%. I have personally tested some of my own and found high teens and even a couple which hit that sweet spot of slightly over 20%.
Experienced growers do not fall for the colorful names and unique flavors b/c we know better. Most of these are what are considered non-bred strains. Experienced growers like results, not experiments, and many of these new line strains are merely that, an experiment. Believe what you want though, while you are at it, why not hop on over to doggy nuts too, they have some nice over priced holy grail strains too, and do not forget to pick up some of the trifoliates too, only $1000 for 10 seeds. See, true lines give good proven results, that is why we grow them and keep them going.