On Friday, July 8, 2022, the province released the report on the chemical analysis of illegal cannabis.
Samples of illegal dried cannabis and illicit cannabis extract in vaporizer cartridges were tested in federal laboratories for pesticides and other chemicals.
Every sample tested was found to contain pesticides not permitted for use with cannabis in the regulated market.
The main findings of this study indicate that pesticides are widely used in illicit cannabis production and that reported levels of THC are exaggerated in illicit vaporizer cartridges.
Vaporizer cartridges were also tested for the presence of vitamin E acetate, a substance associated with lung injury associated with electronic vaporization, and no evidence of this substance was found.
Hemp products from the legal and regulated retail market must comply with Health Canada’s stringent testing and production requirements.
This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that when you buy cannabis on the illegal market, you can’t be sure what’s in it.