A recent study in Canada revealed a significant discrepancy in safety between cannabis produced for the legal market versus the illegal.
The study – recently published in the Journal of Cannabis Research – found that 92% of unregulated cannabis tested positive for "23 unique pesticide active ingredients with 3.7 different pesticides identified on average per sample," in contrast to just 6% of regulated products, reported Marijuana Moment.
The findings were based on testing of 36 marijuana samples gathered from retailers that legally sold it and 24 illicit samples that were seized by law enforcement.
The researchers identified Chlorpyrifos, imidacloprid, and myclobutanil in illicit samples at "concentrations up to three orders of magnitude above."
The study's authors noted that the results are a testament to the hard work that the Canadian cannabis sector has undergone over the years.
"Albeit being a …