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There Sure Is a Lot of Poop in Weed, Study Says

If you need another reason to advocate for the legalization of marijuana—a new study shows why weed sold illegally on the street is more likely to have unacceptable levels of feces in it.

Scientists at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid gathered 90 samples of cannabis from street dealers in and around Madrid, then tested the products to determine if they were “suitable for human consumption.”

The results, published in the latest issue of Forensic Science International , found that 83 percent of the tested samples were not suitable. Because they had too much shit in them.

Specifically, the samples had traces of Aspergillus fungus and E.coli bacteria. The researchers deemed the shit-weed “a public health issue.”

After buying the weed, the research team split it all into two groups based on the shape of the package the drugs were sold in—packages in an acorn shape and packages shaped like a block. The study showed that 29.4 percent of the block-shaped samples had traces of feces, while 93 percent of the acorn-shaped samples had traces of feces.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper El País, one of the researchers on the study, pharmacologist José Manuel Moreno Pérez, explained the reason he believes the acorns are far more likely to have shit in them: Smugglers often swallow the acorn-shaped bags, which they call “ bellotas ,” then travel from Morocco to Spain. “When they get to Spain, they take a laxative and expel the bellotas ,” Pérez told El País. “And then they’re put on sale.”

The study mentions that cancer patients are increasingly medicating with cannabis and that these patients may have weakened immune systems that can make them more vulnerable to contaminated drugs.

The paper warns smokers who may think burning weed sterilizes the bacteria. “There are no filters on joints,” Pérez told El País. “You are not just breathing in smoke, but also particles.”

And when users handle the shit-weed, they could get bacteria on their hands.

Even though the researchers only tested marijuana in Spain, the swallowing method is also used by smugglers who bring drugs into the United States.

If you need another reason to advocate for the legalization of marijuana—a new study shows why weed sold illegally on the street is more likely to have unacceptable levels of feces in it.

Street marijuana contaminated with dangerous amount of poop: study

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Here’s the poop, dope lovers: You’re getting a potty mouth.

A new study from Spain found that street marijuana is likely to have an alarming amount of poop on the plastic packaging it comes in.

A stunning 88 percent of ganja packets had a dangerous amount of doo-doo on them, say researchers from Forensic Science International.

They said this pot is “not suitable for consumption” and should be considered a “public health issue” because it carries E. coli bacteria.

The germ, when ingested, can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, nausea and vomiting, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And it can be inhaled as well, the study’s scientists found, if fecal matter ends up on your hands, mouth or joint before you light up.

Study researchers believe the excrement-laced dope comes from smugglers who swallow small baggies of the drug to avoid being detected.

Moroccan dealers wrap the weed in plastic “acorns” or small blocks and ingest it — only to take a laxative and expel the packages when they arrive in Spain.

While only 29.4 percent of weed in blocks had poop on them, a whopping 93 percent of acorn-shaped weed baggies were covered in crap.

The scientists explained that the acorn shape is easier for the body to swallow and then discard, says Gizmodo.

Unlike cigarettes, joints don’t have filters, meaning there is no protection from any contaminated particles.

A new study from Spain found that street marijuana is likely to have an alarming amount of poop on the plastic packaging it comes in.