I thought it was common knowledge that today’s weed is very different than the cannabis products of the yonder years. I guess I was wrong: One Reddit user’s in-laws decided to sample some of his “pretty strong” homemade edibles, and they’re pissed about getting way too high after they took four times the serving he recommended.
Writing in the infamous /AmITheAsshole Subreddit, user @AdTrue2705 provided this context: His in-laws are always regaling him and his wife with “stories about when they were young,” such as when they went to Lollapalooza and Burning Man “before it got all commercial.”
“I like hearing their ‘good old days’ stories,” he shared. “They are amusing. My favorite is how my father-in-law missed seeing Nirvana in some dive bar because he never heard of them.”
@AdTrue2705’s in-laws are no stranger to cannabis products, so when they got word of his homemade edibles, they were intrigued. The Redditor described his weed-infused fudge as “pretty strong”: “My edibles should carry a warning label, ‘Don’t make any fucking plans for a while.’ We don’t have kids yet, so I’m okay just leaving them out with a warning sign for my wife.”
Usually, he recommends that people eat one-fourth of a piece of fudge. That’s how much his wife takes because “it’s enough to have a great night but still be able to function the next day.” But his in-laws didn’t listen.
“My in-laws decided they were old-school cool, and I was shining them on,” he recalled. “They each took a full piece. That was Friday night. They didn’t move from the couch until Saturday afternoon.”
Yikes. Naturally, they were way too out-of-it to go anywhere, so they ended up missing out on plans.
“My wife is upset with me, and so are my in-laws,” @AdTrue2705 continued. “I’m not sure how [this is] my fault. They literally took four times as much as I recommended. …. They ended up staying until Sunday when they felt normal. I tried to explain that the cannabis I grow is stronger than whatever they are used to from the ’90s, but I’m still in trouble.”
He’s right. According to Leafly, cannabis has become progressively more potent since the 1980s due to increased knowledge about the plant and improved growing technologies. Prior to that, very few mass-produced cannabis products actually contained parts of the plant with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound that creates a psychoactive high.
Cannabis has become stronger in more recent years, too. One massive study of 38,681 weed samples published in 2016 found that contemporary strains contain way more THC than older variations. Cannabis samples from the ’90s had an average THC to CBD ratio of 14 times, whereas samples from 2015 had a ratio of 80 times.
Luckily, AITA Redditors had @AdTrue2705’s back… and zero sympathy for his stubborn, know-it-all in-laws, who didn’t heed his warning.
“NTA,” one commenter wrote. “How in the world can anyone think you are the AH here? You TOLD them to try a quarter of your fudge pieces. They are adults and decided to each have a full piece. What were you supposed to do? Snatch it out of their hands?” … Do your wife and in-laws like making you the AH or something?””
“You warned them,” another Redditor opined. “Cannabis has gotten much stronger over the recent decades, and anyway it’s pretty childish (or arrogant) to try to play so cool and take that much.”
“For anyone not keeping track, the ’90s [were] 30 years ago,” someone else wrote. “A LOT HAS CHANGED. Not your fault they were stubborn and ignorant.”
“I guess some people never grow out of the ‘I know better than everyone else’ phase, or the ‘blame others for my mistakes’ phase,” another commenter quipped.
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