Have you tried taking fungus with your pot? Marijuana users in Colorado may be in for a surprise.
Denver medical lab company Charas Scientific discovered traces of fungus, butane, and heavy metals in samples of recreational marijuana sold in Colorado. Andy LaFrate, who works as president and director of research at the lab facility, was surprised with the presence of foreign matter in cannabis samples. “Youâ€™ll see a marijuana bud that looks beautiful. And then we run it through a biological assay and we see that itâ€™s covered in fungi,” LaFrate shared in a news report.
The findings were part of voluntary tests by lab facilities accredited by the state to conduct potency analysis on marijuana samples, with Charas Scientific one of those companies. Testing for contaminants has not been mandated by state law, although some lab firms have conducted their own tests. Charas business development chief Mary Meek said that the importance of product purity could bear a significant impact to the health of users. “Right now [the testing] is not in effect for marijuana, so you donâ€™t really know how dirty or clean your product is right now,” Meek said. “The problem is itâ€™s not been tracked. You may just think youâ€™re getting a cold and it may look like allergies, when in reality it could be something else going on.”
The company, however, is quick to dismiss the notion that the revelation of this startling finding is meant to scare people from buying pot. “We want to label your marijuana like we would label your liquor or your beer. You want to know your items have been tested and theyâ€™re safe,” Meek added.
State law requires potency and consistency tests on recreational marijuana sold in retail shops.