Yo Smoked Good Shit Literally – say hello to Escherichia coli [“E coli”]. Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea. But a few particularly nasty strains, such as E. coliO157:H7, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. AND IT MAY BE IN YOUR STASH.
Anyone who’s ever tried to grow their own weed knows that it takes more than just planting some seeds and watching them bloom. Many complications may arise during the growth process, and sometimes, these eventualities can stick to the final product in the form of toxic residue. Other times, negligence in the growing process itself can result in different forms of toxicity. Either way, both have left harmful substances in tainted weed products.
As the market expands and legislation grows tighter, regulations for lab testing will become harder to dodge, and we might see the day when every single item sold at dispensaries nationwide, is free from any harmful substance. However, at this particular time of unmeasured industry growth, producers and dispensaries trying to cover the newly found demand, have been known to sell cannabis products containing some form of unhealthy substances.
As it recently became public, over 80% of California’s legal pot found at dispensaries was tainted with some kind of harmful substance.
The good news is, if you ever bought weed from a black market dealer, chances are you’ve already inhaled quite a few potentially harmful substances, and lived through the experience. Even in the worst-case scenario, legal weed is bound to contain less toxic elements than black market weed, because it follows some kind of regulation. Still, recent lab testing in different states shows some dispensaries’ products can bring more than just the occasional paranoia
Bacteria A recent study of samples from 20 North California dispensaries showed the presence of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumanniibacteria in tested flowers. These bacteria are known to cause serious infections in the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems. Also, they are a special threat to immunosuppressed patients using weed as a pain relief.
Fungi – Dispensaries are usually more worried about testing their samples for potency rather than contaminants, which is why the Cryptococcus, Mucor, and Aspergillus fungi contained in some of the same samples wasn’t found until the study was conducted, which happened after some cancer patients who were also medical marijuana users, developed lung infections.
Mold – Though mold growth is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and not a particularly worrying one when its found in large amounts, it can lead to health complications in the respiratory system. Recent finds in lab tests conducted on samples taken from Arizona dispensaries show mold contamination on commercially distributed flower buds. Although there’s no specific agreement between scientists on how much mold is considered a threat, the findings have been linked to cases of contracted pneumonia on medical marijuana patients.
Source: 6 Harmful Substances In Tainted Weed Products
All of which is why everyone needs to SHUT UP and understand that the required lab testing that everyone has been bitching about is actually a very important step in improving the health of cannabis users in California.