Shock Spanish study finds 93% of hashish is contaminated with bacteria

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DRUG ALERT SPAIN: Researchers found 93 per cent of hashish tested was contaminated with bacteria. File image. Photo credit: Shutterstock


RESEARCHERS in Spain have discovered that 93 per cent of hashish samples tested in a study were contaminated by the E. coli bacteria that can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting.

Scientists from the Alfonso X el Sabio University and the Complutense University of Madrid analysed samples of the drugs that were sold on the streets of Spain’s capital.

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They found that almost all of the 90 samples smelled bad and tested positive for faecal bacteria.

In addition, they found 10 per cent had aspergillus, a fungal species found in manure, that can cause allergic reactions or respiratory infections.


The study findings were published in the Forensic Science International journal.





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