The cannabis world is incredibly diverse. It is made up of growers, breeders, stoners, hippies, medicinal cannabis users, artists, businessmen and more. It is therefore not surprising to find among this mass of people, a few who have the ambition and ability to surpass themselves and to achieve incredible feats, whether useful or not. Some of these people have embarked on crazy adventures and broken records.
Here you will find 10 of the most impressive cannabis-related records in the world. Some of them were achieved by cannabis aficionados, others are meant to show how discredited the plant still is worldwide, despite the progress of cannabis reform. The watchword in the selection of records presented below is diversity.
1. The longest joint in the world
In 2017, a group of 40 smokers from Massachusetts challenged themselves to break the record for the longest joint. They rolled a joint that was 100 feet (30 m) long. To do this, they bought 1 kilo of cannabis and hundreds of packets of rolling papers which they carefully rolled together. They also had to practice because, as Keith Laham, the man behind the initiative, says, “it’s almost impossible to roll a 100-foot joint by just tossing a leaf and rolling it. Thanks to a whole team of people, we managed to do it.” Unfortunately for him and his teammates, the record will not be certified because the Guinness Book of World Records – which is the authority on the subject – is based in the UK where cannabis is illegal. So, it cannot publish a book mentioning an illegal record. As for the fate of the joint, it was then cut into normal-sized joints and shared among the 40 participants.
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2. Largest illegal cannabis plantation
In 2011, Mexican soldiers discovered an illegal cannabis plantation in Mexico, in a remote area 150 miles (240 km) from Tijuana, covering 46 miles square (120 km square), the size of Monaco. The plants were not yet mature and had an average height of 4.5 feet (1.37 m). The production potential of this plantation was 120 tons of cannabis with a value estimated at the time to be 160 million dollars. The whole plantation was covered with a camouflage of black fabric mesh intended to make it look like a tomato plantation, a camouflage which obviously did not fool the military. It took the military five days to burn all the plants.
3. The furthest cannabis from the earth
In March 2020, the SpaceX Dragon capsule delivered cannabis to the astronauts on the International Space Station. The purpose of the delivery was not, of course, to allow the teams on board to relax and smoke a good joint, but to conduct experiments. The company Front Range Biosciences, which specialises in agri-technology, is behind this initiative. In fact, it was not really cannabis but hemp. The plants were kept in an incubator for 30 days while BioServe Space Technologies monitored their growth from the ground. After 30 days, the samples were brought back to earth. The purpose of all this was to check whether microgravity in space had an impact on the plants’ DNA.
4. Largest user of cannabis
On 24 November 2009, Irvin Rosenfeld, a stockbroker from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, consumed his 115,000th joint. Rosenfeld is not just another user and his dealer is not just another dealer. In fact, Rosenfeld suffers from a rare form of bone cancer that he can only manage with medical cannabis. So, since 1981, the US government itself has been sending him 300 joints every 25 days, to support his consumption of 10 to 12 joints a day. “I’m living proof that medical cannabis is real medicine”, he told ABC News. If he has continued to consume at the same rate, he should now be up to 160,000 joints.
5. The world’s largest legal cannabis plantation
Following the full legalisation of cannabis in Canada in 2018, Aurora has made huge investments to become the world’s leading cannabis producer with the ambition to reach a production of 700 tonnes of cannabis per year on a total of a dozen sites. Among its many investments are two huge greenhouses, Aurora Sky and Aurora Sun. The first is a complex of more than 7 hectares capable of producing nearly 100 tons of cannabis per year. The latter is even more impressive, as it was originally planned to cover 11 hectares and produce 150 tonnes per year.
Unfortunately for Aurora, other Canadian companies have also gone overboard and installed such huge greenhouses. As a result, production proved to be too large for the demand and Aurora had to rethink its development plan. In the end, work on Aurora Sun had to be abandoned and Aurora Sky was not completed. The latter facility is nevertheless in operation and in December 2020 Aurora announced that it was reducing its production by 75%.
6. Largest cannabis seizure in history
In June 1978, Colombian authorities, assisted by US officers, made what is still the largest cannabis seizure in history. They seized 574 tons of cannabis valued at $200 million, worth more than $850 million today. They found this impressive bounty in the Colombian province of Guajira.
7. The biggest joint in history
Tony Greenhand is a special artist because he is a joint sculptor. He has made joints representing famous pop culture characters, weapons, weed leaves, etc. It’s no surprise that he is responsible for the most massive joint in history. In 2016, Tony made a joint containing 1.9 kilos of weed which he then decorated to look like a watermelon. This feat was broadcast live on Periscope and kept him busy for 5 days, requiring the installation of a structure to support the joint. And to smoke it, he had to use a pipe. It burned so hot that he and his friends were able to toast marshmallows on it.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAqPTimi6kU
8. The most expensive joint in the world
In 2018, the most expensive joint in the world was auctioned for the sum of 4,000 dollars. The artist Weaver was responsible for this marvel, which required 500 grams of weed, 50 grams of bubble hash and 170 grams of concentrate. Such a marvel could not be rolled in a classic rolling paper. So, Weaver used 24-carat gold leaf. He ended up with a joint more than 30 inches (80 cm) long in the shape of an elephant’s tusk, which was sold for the benefit of the African Wildlife Foundation, which works to protect African wildlife, especially elephants.
Not all joints are made to be sold and unfortunately the value of many of them is unknown. According to some, the world’s most expensive joint was not Weaver’s but one smoked three years earlier, in 2015, by rapper 2 Chainz for GQ magazine. In “The Most Expensivest Shit” series, the rapper thus smoked a joint made from weed worth more than $30 a gram rolled in 24-karat gold leaf.
Watch it here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2j23w3
9. Most severe cannabis-related penalties
Unsurprisingly, the heaviest sentence given worldwide for cannabis-related cases is the death penalty for traffickers. The largest number of people executed for drug trafficking is in China. Amnesty International estimates that about 500 people are sentenced for such activities (not only cannabis but all drugs). Singapore also frequently sentences drug traffickers to death. This was the case, for example, of Raman Selvam Renganathan, in whose house the police found 2.7 kilos of cannabis. He was hanged in 2004.
Although the death penalty is no longer used in Indonesia, it is strongly promoted by the authorities, as former President Megawati Sukarnoputri stated in 2002 that “For those who distribute drugs, life sentences and other prison sentences are no longer sufficient […] No sentence is sufficient other than the death sentence.” In Malaysia, the last people sentenced to death for cannabis-related offences were executed in 1996 (Mustaffa Kamal Abdul Aziz, 38, and Mohd Radi Abdul Majid, 53). In Saudi Arabia, the last such execution was in 2005 (Mattar bin Bakhit al-Khazaali). In the United Arab Emirates, people have been sentenced to death for cannabis-related offences, including in 2004 and 2012, but the sentences have not been carried out.
In the United States, the law provides for the death penalty for those who possess large quantities of the drug (60,000 kilograms or 60,000 plants) or who are part of a criminal network with profits exceeding $20 million.
Finally, in the Philippines, the death penalty was abolished in 2006. But the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, has made the fight against drugs his priority and has even encouraged his fellow citizens to execute all drug dealers without trial. This policy has resulted in a wave of violence and summary executions unprecedented in the country.
10. The highest THC strains available for sale
There are many legends about cannabis strains with THC levels as high as 50%. Unfortunately, it is difficult to disentangle the true from the false. Moreover, what’s the point in knowing that a specific phenotype is extremely high in THC if it is impossible to obtain it anyway. We have therefore taken a different approach and present here the highest THC cannabis seeds available for sale on seedsman.com. Seedsman’s catalogue is one of the most comprehensive in the world, so you can find some extremely potent strains. Several of them are around 30%, such as Barney’s Farm Mimosa EVO (up to 30%), Ace Seeds Killer A5 Haze (23-30%), Kannabia Colombian Jack (29%), Ace Seeds Golden Tiger Thai Dominant (20-30%), BC Bud Depot’s The Big (28%), Barney’s Farm Bubba Kush (up to 29%) and, last but not least, BlimBurn’s Café Racer which can reach up to 35% THC.