Some pretty unorthodox cannabis news hit the world late last week when a town in Colorado believed their water supply might be contaminated with THC. The town of Hugo, Colorado is the one that was claiming to have the issue. Last Thursday the concern was announced by county officials after they had gotten some positive test results when conducting their field tests. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office now says they believe that the initial field test kit results were just false positives. The state tests concluded that the town’s water supply was not contaminated with THC on Saturday, so there were just a couple days that people thought there might be THC in their water, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t taking the threat seriously. A water advisory was issued for the town which warned residents to avoid drinking or even using the water, but it was cancelled on Saturday. Since the advisory has been cancelled the residents have been encouraged to resume using their water for whatever they like. It appears that the whole thing was just a big ordeal for nothing because there were no reports of illness or symptoms from anybody that was drinking the supposedly contaminated water. What might be even more telling about this ridiculous situation is that it might not be even possible to actually spike a water supply with THC.
For those of you that still don’t know, THC is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that gives the drug its psychoactive and euphoric effects. We also call this sensation the, “high”. THC doesn’t seem to have many negative effects on adults that consume cannabis, but it has been shown to affect developing brains of teenagers. That’s why it would be important to fix the problem right away if a town’s water supply really did have THC in it. The issue here is that actually contaminating a water supply with THC would be very unfeasible for multiple reasons. To start, the amount of sheer cannabis product that would be required to be able to taint an entire water supply would be almost inconceivable. No one would have that kind of money or resources available to them to be spiking a town’s water supplies for no good reason. On top of that THC, along with many other cannabinoids, is not water soluble. This simply means that THC isn’t going to mix nicely into water and disolve like some other substances, instead it would separate itself from the water naturally just like oils do when mixed with water. Some dispensary and edible company owners have scoffed at this story just because of how hard they’ve worked to get the fat soluble cannabinoid THC into a liquid and now people are under the impression you could easily infuse a whole water supply.
Despite the insight from industry experts, state officials are still taking the threat seriously. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is the group that did the more thorough testing on the water to find that there was no THC present. They now believe that the initial field tests can be isolated to a single well. The small well is located about a mile south of downtown Hugo. The well is still under investigation because the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office believes there is evidence that it may have have been tampered with. It still seems virtually impossible to me that even a single well could be spiked with THC, but I happen to be visiting Colorado right now so maybe I’ll swing by what could potentially become my new favorite watering hole while I’m here. In the meantime if you happen to be one of the people that got incredibly excited when you read the story about the Colorado town with THC in their water, you might want to unpack your things and try to get your job back because it sounds like this story really was too good to be true.