A ‘giant’ marijuana-sized lump of marijuana that washed up on the shores of Queensland’s Gold Coast has been found to contain the psychoactive ingredient cannabidiol (CBD), according to a study published in the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences.
The findings have drawn fire from health experts who said it was “ridiculous” to believe that cannabis could be found in this form.
The research, conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland, was funded by the Australian Drug Foundation and the Australian Cancer Society.
The researchers collected cannabis samples from six locations across Queensland, and analysed them to determine whether they contained CBD or another psychoactive substance.
The cannabis was stored at temperatures of between 20 and 60 degrees Celsius (75 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit), which is standard operating procedure for cannabis cultivation.
“It’s a huge waste of space and resources, and it’s a big concern to all of us, because there’s a lot of cannabis out there,” Professor David McWilliams, an associate professor at the Australian National University’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, told ABC Radio Brisbane.
CBD is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant properties, and is commonly used as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy and inflammatory bowel disease. “
They’re making money off it, which is just totally ridiculous.”
CBD is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-convulsant properties, and is commonly used as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy and inflammatory bowel disease.
But the researchers say the drug can be dangerous in small amounts, and if swallowed it can cause symptoms such as anxiety and paranoia.
They said the findings should “serve as a warning” to anyone who may be using cannabis in Australia, and that the amount of cannabis in the samples was “very small”.
“We know from the literature that cannabis is psychoactive, so it should be treated with caution,” Dr McWilliams said.
“And if it is, that means you should be very careful with it.”
Professor McWilliams also suggested that people “shouldn’t be doing anything new” with cannabis.
“We’ve known that CBD can help with certain symptoms, but what we don’t know is how much it can actually help,” he said.
He said the research should be a “wake-up call” for everyone who uses cannabis.