Marijuana Cut with Metal Shavings is Killing People

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At TNMN we often find ourselves asking – do we really know whats in marijuana today?

Even the marijuana in regulated states like Colorado and Washington, the required testing only covers potency, and does not the much needed include microbial and pesticide testing.

Its clear advocates and regular marijuana users that most  “medicine” out there is not completely pure and grown organically. Much of the nutrients and chemicals that are pumped into the plant (especially in hydroponic set ups) are in-fact unapproved chemical substances.

There are literally hundreds of cases (mostly in Europe) where marijuana has been cut with metal shavings, which can be very serious causing lead poisening and in some cases Death.

Marijuana feeling “stronger” doesn’t necessarily have to do with the THC content, many times the euphoric feeling is created the lack of oxygen going to the brain as ones smokes – In other cases, certain chemicals that are pumped through the reservoir are not fully flushed out, and traces remain in the final cured product.

Here is a story from a few years ago that explains a common occurrence, of marijuana cut with lead to make the product seem heavier for sale, but when consumed by the user, it has proven to be lethal.

If that is not a reason to support proper regulation of marijuana, i dont know what is.

 

The Smithsonian Magazine Reports:

In the U.S., legal hurdles have long hampered research into marijuana. But as more states approve medical and even recreational marijuana, scientific inquiries have spiked, especially studies aimed at finding out what exactly is in today’s weed—and what it does to our bodies.

In Colorado, which made marijuana legal in November 2012, the latest results show that the pot lining store shelves is much more potent than the weed of 30 years ago. But the boost in power comes at a cost—modern marijuana mostly lacks the components touted as beneficial by medical marijuana advocates, and it is often contaminated with fungi, pesticides and heavy metals.

“There’s a stereotype, a hippy kind of mentality, that leads people to assume that growers are using natural cultivation methods and growing organically,” says Andy LaFrate, founder of Charas Scientific, one of eight Colorado labs certified to test cannabis. “That’s not necessarily the case at all.” LaFrate presented his results this week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver.

LaFrate says he’s been surprised at just how strong most of today’s marijuana has become. His group has tested more than 600 strains of marijuana from dozens of producers. Potency tests, the only ones Colorado currently requires, looked at tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that produces the plant’s famous high. They found that modern weed contains THC levels of 18 to 30 percent—double to triple the levels that were common in buds from the 1980s. That’s because growers have cross-bred plants over the years to create more powerful strains, which today tout colorful names like Bruce Banner, Skunkberry and Blue Cookies.

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  1. Although I agree with your push for proper legislation and regulation, the source you’re citing is from over 6 years ago and one instance of lead being found in Germany which seems a little outdated and irrelevant as it concerns US policy and regulation. I would be more concerned with the unregulated plant fertilizers and yield boosters that are currently all over the market and used by growers without consumer knowledge! 😉

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