Water Spiked With THC
Long Story Short
Authorities in the small rural town of Hugo, Colorado have told residents to stop using tap water. The warnings came after officials detected THC—the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis—in the town’s water supply. Now investigators are trying to figure out how THC ended up in their water.
Concerns that the town’s water might be contaminated first came after a local company used quick “field tests” to check employees for THC. After getting a bunch of inconsistent test results, the company decided to test the water itself. And when they did, they said the test came back positive for THC. The company then contacted town officials.
Authorities eventually traced the water back to a single well. When they checked out the well, they discovered signs of forced entry. All of this led some to believe that the town’s water supply may have been purposely spiked with THC.
The well has since been sealed off, and town residents have been told about the possible THC contamination. Authorities said it will take at least 48 hours for the water to flush through the system.
So far, there have not been any reports of people getting sick or in any other way affected by the water. And there’s still a lot of confusion and uncertainty about what exactly is going on. The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are currently helping local authorities investigate whether or not there really is THC in the water, and if so, who put it there.
The Big Problem: THC Doesn’t Dissolve In Water
Despite the ongoing investigation, many experts have already spoken out saying that there’s absolutely no way the town’s water has been spiked with THC. That’s because THC doesn’t dissolve in water.
“There is zero possibility that there’s anything like THC in the Hugo water,” said Peter Perrone, owner of a cannabis testing facility called Gobi Analytical.
“You know how oil and water separate? It’s the same with cannabinoids. They’re lipophilic, which means they’re fat-loving. They would never be soluble in water.”
And several other scientists have confirmed what Perrone said.
“The one thing that bothers me about this story from a scientific perspective is that THC is so insoluble in water,” said former EPA scientist Joseph Evans.
“I can’t imagine, I can’t even fathom the idea that THC would be in the water at any type of solubility to create any kind of health hazard.”
The Final Hit
There is a huge discrepancy between what Hugo officials are saying and what scientists are saying. In fact, you don’t even need to bring in the scientists to realize there’s something really bizarre about the warnings come out of Hugo.
Everybody who knows anything about smoking pot knows that THC doesn’t dissolve in water. If it did, water pipes and bongs wouldn’t work—they’d pull out all the THC and you wouldn’t get high. Bongs work precisely because THC doesn’t dissolve in water. Water pipes pull out tars and toxins, but let the THC pass right through.
Some members of the cannabis community are more than a little skeptical. Some are suggesting that the entire thing could be a ploy for making cannabis look bad. In any case, the investigation is still going on to try and figure out just what’s going on in Hugo.