“That’s Some Good Shit”…Literally
A recent Spanish drug study takes the famous stoner phrase “smoking some good shit” to all new levels.
Cannabis is seen by most people as the safest of drugs due to the widespread use and the glamorisation of weed. Most people in their lives will come into contact with weed, whether that is being offered a joint or being a regular smoker or having friends and family that do. However, there is a new study that shows how much of a health risk some cannabis is.
A study in Spain has revealed some not so desirable added ingredients in some samples bought off street dealers in Madrid. E.coli and Aspergillus fungus were found in most of these samples which indicates that faecal matter is present, something which is extremely dangerous and can even be more hazardous than taking the drug itself.
E.coli can cause very serious health issues such as vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains and fevers but can also in some extreme cases cause death if not treated properly. Aspergillus fungus is also a serious risk to health, especially for people who have respiratory issues as the fungus attacks the lungs . You might wonder how cannabis winds up containing all this stuff but the explanation is pretty simple. Drug mules who use the age old technique of smuggling the hash in by swallowing plastic pellets which they then extract later using laxatives. The worrying thing is people who use cannabis for medical purposes such as elderly people with arthritis or cancer sufferers staving off the after affects of chemo therapy would be the first to have serious issues. However these are the people more likely to receive cannabis either in oil form or from a prescribed source i.e. legally sanctioned for the government.
This study, if replicated in Britain would probably show similar results if the resin was to be tested for similar bacteria. It is also worth noting that it would not be just cannabis that contains these things. Cocaine would also be likely to include bacteria such as E.coli due to the similar methods of smuggling. A lot of people would argue that these drugs, even without very harmful bacteria, would not be fit for human consumption so the big question is, if people who were habitual users and buyers of drugs from street dealers knew what was in these drugs, would they think twice about taking them?