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Creepy Contaminants Found in Colorado’s Marijuana

Creepy Contaminants Found in Colorado’s Marijuana

by April 1, 2015 0 comments

“It’s pretty startling just how dirty a lot of this stuff is,” said Andy LaFrate, president and director of research at Charas Scientific, in regards to Colorado’s marijuana, medicinal and recreational. LaFrate and his team were looking into potency of marijuana when they also chose to see how clean the product being sold across the Rocky Mountain State. The plant is 30 times more potent than what was being smoked 30 years ago. With 20% or 30% THC, in comparison to the previous 10% that was in the plant. And surprisingly, breeders have focused so much on THC content for the famous cannabis high, that CBD is almost barely present in most strains. CBD being the chemical noted for it’s medicinal properties in regards to seizures, and other life threatening conditions. Then there’s the other thing: “You’ll see a marijuana bud that looks beautiful. And then we run it through a biological assay and we see that it’s covered in fungi.”

A mandatory testing for potency began in May 2014, and consistency was the next on the list. That research began July 2014. Testing for contaminants, however, is yet to be mandatory, and it’s not as though there is concern for a health risk. Though researches find that what has been found in the plants has been a little alarming, and so it may be a good time to begin paying attention. Maybe ask some questions about what is tolerable and what is dangerous. The same way that grocery store produce has traces of things like fungi, chemicals, etc.

Edibles are the biggest concern, as some have been found to contain non-dangerous levels of E.Coli and salmonella, which are likely a result of organic growing. Other things found in cannabis plants have been metals, butane, and other chemicals.

This research is good, as marijuana is making it’s way from a black market (unregulated) product, to a legally practiced business. This means that soon stores will be required to have their product checked and monitored for other contaminants like mold, mildew, as well as the aforementioned ones.

[Via WebMD]

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