Costa Ricans use marijuana that is very expensive and also a high-powered hallucinogen.
A select group of Costa Ricans use marijuana which is produced in Costa Rica using hydroponics.
These people were possibly supplied via one of 14 clandestine laboratories that were destroyed by police. Since last year, in some houses where there was a variety of herb known as creepy.
This plant grows in artificial indoor environments, temperature, lighting and nutrients controlled.
The authorities indicate that this form of cultivation allows the plant to possess concentrations between 25% and 30% of a psychoactive substance called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Toxicologists Forensic Science Laboratory explained that the higher concentration of THC, the hallucinogenic effect and relaxation in the body will be stronger with less quantity.
In the case of marijuana that is grown in the open in mountainous areas, the THC becomes 1%. The Colombian grass can have up to 8% of the substance and Jamaica, 12%.
Domestic consumption appears to be the central use for the marijuana.
Allan Solano, director of the Drug Control Police (PCD), said that there is no evidence that creepy is being exported.
He said that the product is consumed here by groups of middle and upper class people. These include professionals and students from private schools.
An ounce of hydroponic marijuana produced in Costa Rica costs about $200 (¢ 103,000). This means that each joint is around ¢ 10,000. Meanwhile, current marijuana joints (highest consumption in the country) costs ¢ 1,000.
Its effects, toxicologists warn that this drug developed in the consumer psychological addiction than physical, so warn that the person could move to other drugs like crack or heroin when the effect of marijuana will be insufficient.
To be consumed by the person, the THC in the plant is transported by blood to the brain. The consequence are, sharpen the senses, decreases stress, increases appetite and depresses the central nervous system.
Moreover, the experts add that the marijuana cigarette smoke has more cancer substances than regular tobacco.