Could You Spike The Water Supply With Cannabis?
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Could You Spike The Water Supply With Cannabis?

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Recently, officials in Columbus, OH reported THC found in the mains water supply. Could it be possible that the town was spiked, or was it a miracle?


When LSD was created, it took the mainstream media by storm- a substance so powerful it could change user's beliefs and perceptions from a single dose. Many myths were created about the drug - it causes flashbacks, or it'll cause you to jump out of windows or believe you are an orange.

One myth that survived was the idea of using acid to "spike" the water supply of a populated zone. The legend has often manifested itself in newspapers and TV, and a mass poisoning has even been speculated to be part of a CIA conspiracy, testing the effects of psychedelic drugs on large populations.


Recently, officials reported that the water in Hugo, CO had tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. They performed multiple preliminary tests and warned residents not to use the water for anything.

This sounds like a dream scenario for a lot of stoners- but is it actually possible?

No actual reports were made of any Hugo residents being poisoned with THC. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has since provided conclusive evidence to confirm that the water is safe and does not contain THC - so the residents of Hugo can continue to bathe and drink their water safely. Could it be that these reports were simply hysteria, or perhaps even propaganda, following Colorado's legalisation of marijuana for recreational use in 2012? The most likely scenario, of course, is that the preliminary test kits used on the water simply yielded false positives.


As we all know, THC is soluble in fats and oils, and not in water. If marijuana laced oil was added to the water system, most modern water purification systems would simply filter out these materials- leaving the water safe to drink. Marijuana is also soluble in alcohol, another substance that would be removed before it got to the mains. However, there's nothing stopping you from making your own alcoholic marijuana tincture and putting a couple of drops in a bottle of water for a stealthy way to get high - just make sure anyone that takes a sip is aware!

Luke Sholl
Luke Sholl
Luke Sholl has been writing about cannabis, the wellness potential of cannabinoids, and the positive influence of nature for over a decade. Working with several cannabinoid-centric publications, he publishes a variety of digital content, supported by strong technical knowledge and thorough research.
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