German dealers added lead to marijuana

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German dealers added lead to marijuana

Post by Puffin13 » Thu 10th Apr 2008 06:30 pm

German dealers added lead to marijuana

Drug dealers looking for extra profits apparently added lead flakes to packets of marijuana, inflating their value while causing dozens of cases of serious poisoning, doctors in Germany reported on Wednesday.
The lead made up, on average, 10 percent of the material in the marijuana packets, boosting profits by about $1,500 (800 pounds) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), Franzika Busse of University Hospital Leipzig reported.

"One package contained obvious lead particles; this strongly indicated that the lead was deliberately added to the package rather than inadvertently incorporated into the marijuana plants from contaminated soil," the researchers wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. The problem was discovered last year when the first of 29 patients, aged 16 to 33, started showing up in four Leipzig hospitals with abdominal cramps, fatigue, nausea and varying degrees of anemia. One was ill enough to be suffering from hallucinations.

It took eight weeks to uncover a common pattern: all were young, smoked, had body piercings and were either students or unemployed. All regularly used marijuana.

Three patients brought in their stashes. All samples tested positive for lead contamination, with one having lead flakes that were obvious under a microscope.

After two more weeks, an anonymous screening program for marijuana users uncovered 95 other people who needed treatment.

Busse's colleague, Dr. Michael Stumvoll, said in an e-mail that about 200 people have now been identified. The screening is continuing, he said, although it does not appear that the practice is continuing among dealers.

"The medical community, including paediatricians, should consider adulterated marijuana as a potential source of lead intoxication," the German team wrote.

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Post by Saynt » Thu 10th Apr 2008 10:00 pm

Scandalous!!! Not cool at all. Hope some of our german readers check this article out.

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Post by sh@dy » Fri 11th Apr 2008 08:48 am

Saynt wrote:Scandalous!!! Not cool at all. Hope some of our german readers check this article out.
has been on TV for some days, so everybody should know about it.
sucks hard!

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Post by Paco » Fri 11th Apr 2008 11:26 am

Yepp....

It is a bargain for the big dealers,as long fuckheads buy their shit!

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Post by jayman » Fri 11th Apr 2008 11:28 am

had a similar thing happening over here apparently, but with glass balls instead of lead, never had any myself but u have to be careful

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Post by aaron » Fri 11th Apr 2008 05:26 pm

jayman wrote:had a similar thing happening over here apparently, but with glass balls instead of lead, never had any myself but u have to be careful
yeah, I posted a thread in another subforum, i forget which one, but theres still cotnaminated cannabis going round this way. saw some stuff the other day covered in some kind of grit, if you tapped the bud loads of litte bits of what looked like sand (def NOT thc) fell off, the joints had hard sticky ash that didnt fall off the end.

there is still loads going round, but people buy it because they cant get anything else or they are too stupid to know better. cant wait till my next trip to holland :(

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Post by geoffk » Fri 11th Apr 2008 05:34 pm

Grow yourself or know your grower. It's the only way. Step out of the shadows of ignorance.

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Post by Paco » Fri 11th Apr 2008 06:43 pm

geoffk wrote:Grow yourself or know your grower. It's the only way. Step out of the shadows of ignorance.
Good idea...but there is no space to make a big set up.... :roll:

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Post by echc1 » Sun 13th Apr 2008 11:55 pm

you don't need a big area for a personal size grow...and if you get a few of you all doing a personal size grow then you can always barter stash with each other...no more going to dickheads who just want to punt out as much crap for your hard earned cash....it becomes a case of quality over quantity and you have support then if you have any grow probs....and know where it comes from and what it is ,not some green shit from a bloke down the pub although sometimes you can be nicely suprised......but not very often

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Post by Sir Niall of Essex-sire » Mon 14th Apr 2008 10:36 am

How long till some chavvy little sod starts that in the uk. people just cant leave our plant alone i guess :(

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Post by ynwa » Mon 14th Apr 2008 05:41 pm

Sir Niall of Essex-sire wrote:How long till some chavvy little sod starts that in the uk. people just cant leave our plant alone i guess :(
The Uk has been glooded with contaminated weed for several years now. Im in Northern Ireland and its been here a long time, and we are usually behind the rest of the UK. Have had weed posted from southern England / London area several times over the past 2 years and its always contaminated.

Was reading somewhere (think it was http://www.gritweed.co.uk/) that the only way to spot contaminated weed is under a 400x microscope. You can no longer spot it by taste, smell or biting it. It is so small it impossible to see with the human eye. Unless you know where the weed was grown then its not safe to smoke now.
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