[Analysis] Hit it or get off the Pot, or, Putting the P in Pot

Who says basic research is dead?

NIH is funding a three year study in Washington state to measure the amount of metabolized cannabinoids in the sewer system. This shitty job will be done by the University of Puget Sound, because who else would do it?

Consumers of cannabis defecate some of the psychoactive ingredients in the plant. Everyone knows this. The drug testing industry made oodles once it was discovered that you could ruin someone’s life over the content of their pee. The university research team will be mucking around in the sewers, trying to determine the habits of the people crapping above them.

The researcher’s description of the goals:

“We’re trying to get a sense of the type of user,” Burgard said.

Well, there’s the type that smokes weed, and the type that smokes weed a lot. Perhaps that narrows it down. NIH, care to throw me some cash?

“If there’s more use on the weekends, maybe that’s more recreational. But if Sunday to Thursday use goes up as much, that might be a public health concern, with habitual users using a lot more.”

Clearly I’m a threat to public health by having Ice Bong Sundaes.

Just a suggestion, but I’m wondering whether it would be easier to poll people for answers. It’s legal in the state, after all, so response rate would be decent. Pot users are people that can speak, last time I checked!

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