A team of researchers with Complutense University just published the first scientific study of the cannabis resin, i.e. hash, sold illegally on the streets of Madrid, Spain. And their findings suggest that street hash poses a major public health risk, both for the people handling it and those smoking it. According to the report, most, as in 88.3 percent of the 90 hash samples researchers obtained, were not suitable for human consumption due to the presence of feces and other contaminants.

Hash in Madrid is Sh*t—Literally

An alarming new report from forensic scientists in Madrid has found that most illegal cannabis products sold there are contaminated with human fecal bacterial. According to lead researcher and Pharmacist Manuel Pérez Moreno, the way drug traffickers smuggle and handle hash is responsible for the contamination.

Due to Spain’s strict prohibition against cannabis, much of the hash sold on the streets of cities like Madrid is smuggled in. For drug traffickers, there’s a simple way to do that. Just wrap a small amount of hash in some plastic and swallow it. Then when the coast is clear, take some laxatives to retrieve the stash. “And that’s what goes on sale,” Moreno said.

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