A new study reveals that cannabis resin sold on the streets of Madrid is contaminated with high levels of human faeces.
And whilst the study was carried out in Spain, the manner in which the drugs became contaminated should worry anyone who smokes (or eats) cannabis.
90 samples were purchased by analysts in and around the Spanish capital and Aspergillis fungus as well as E.coli were found in the vast majority of them.
Out of the samples purchased, those which were wrapped up in plastic “acorns” were the worse affected owing to the manner in which they are smuggled into the country.
The study’s lead author also said that over 30% of the samples had the ‘aroma’ of human faeces.
José Manuel Moreno Pérez, a pharmacologist from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, collected the samples directly from dealers on the streets.
The samples were then separated by their shape, with some of them resembling “acorns” and others “ingots”.
Nearly 90% of the samples tested were not suitable for consumption based purely on the amount of bacterial contained within them.
The practice of smugglers ingesting the the drugs and then ‘expelling’ them in the toilet after taking laxatives is thought to be largely responsible for the majority of human faeces found on the samples.
Whilst this study was carried out in Spain, the method of transporting the drugs is laregly the same regardless of where you live.
Whether this information is enough to deter would-be smokers from taking the drug remains to be seen.
Those with weakened immune systems could be the most at risk of contracting serious health problems from the Aspergillus fungus.
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