MJ News: Germans poisoned by Lead added to Marijuana!
Contributed by skip
on Thursday, April 10 @ 22:46:36 UTC
Apparently there's another contaminant appearing in marijuana, this time in Germany. So besides the tiny glass beads in Dutch grass exported to the UK, and the sickening crap found in British soapbar hash, now Europeans have a new worry... Lead particles. It seems some dealers/distributors have decided to make even more profit from cannabis by adding lead to the pot they sell.
Fortunately we don't have any of these problems in the USA. But always BE CAREFUL what you purchase! Purchase only from reliable sources and inspect your weed carefully!
Here's the story:
Here's yet another reason to "just say no" to drugs: Smoking marijuana
could lead to lead poisoning. Doctors in Germany have linked a
mysterious outbreak of lead intoxication to contaminated street
supplies of marijuana.
In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine,
Franziska Busse, M.D., of the University Hospital Leipzig and
colleagues detail a puzzling occurrence of lead poisoning symptoms over
a 3- to 4-month period among patients aged 16 to 33 years old.
Twenty-nine patients at four different hospitals had abdominal cramps,
nausea, fatigue , and anemia - classic signs and symptoms of lead
Yet the source of the lead remained inexplicable. After eight weeks
of investigation, Busse and colleagues finally found a common link: all
of the patients admitted to smoking pot on a regular basis, either in
joint form or through a water pipe.
Tests done on remaining supplies from some patients revealed traces
of lead particles mixed with the marijuana leaves. Lead's grayish color
allowed the metal to blend easily with the illicit drug. The large size
of lead particles found in one package strongly suggested that the
poisoning did not result from soil contamination. Busse writes that
police suspect street dealers of deliberately lacing street bags of
marijuana with the toxic metal in an effort to increase profits. The
weight of the lead particles found in the supplies studied would
roughly translate into a profit of $1,500 per kilogram of marijuana.
An anonymous screening program involving 145 people ultimately
showed that about two-thirds of the participants had high levels of
lead in their blood, requiring treatment. For example, a male patient
who smoked nine joints a week had a blood lead level nearly 50 times
greater than normal.
Lead poisoning can have serious effects on every part of the body.
It can damage the nervous system, impair fertility, and lead to memory
and concentration problems. Severe lead poisoning can lead to death.
Smoking lead is particularly dangerous, because it allows the metal to
be easily absorbed into the airways.
The letter appears in the April 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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by anonymous on Tuesday, April 29 @ 21:52:56 UTC
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|I CAN BELIEVE THAT DEALERS WOULD DO THAT !!!! HERE THESE PEOPLE NEED MEDICINE AND INSTEAD THEY ARE BEING POISONED !IT MAKES ME SICK TO THINK ABOUT IT!|