My advisor once told me that the best way to get your paper into a high profile journal like Science or Nature is to find the biggest of something, the smallest of something, or something that fucks funny. It turns out doing research on drugs doesn’t get you in. No, not those drugs. These drugs.
Researchers in Japan have identified a molecular marker that distinguishes strains of Cannabis sativa with high Δ-9-tetrahydrocannainolic acid (THCA) content from those without. For those of you not hip with the lingo, they have developed an easy test to tell the difference between the weed that gets you high and the shit they use to make ropes. This should make all the hippies with their hemp necklaces happy. For all you stoners out there, you won’t be able to pass off the “horticulture experiment” in your closet as an exercise in sustainable agriculture for very much longer.
This finding was published in the not so high profile journal Forensic Science International (impact factor 1.254). The science is fairly pedestrian, but it’s about drugs. That should be worth something, right? Which brings us to the question, “How many individuals named drugs could you possibly associate with?”
This study may replace this one as my favorite scientific publication of all time.