Effects of smoking marijuana pesticides

Published Feb 27, 2019 12:00 p.m. ET

The chemicals used to kill mildew on plants are known carcinogens. When consumed by smoking, hydrogen cyanide is produced. The chemical is produced from heating (by smoking) the chemical that was used on the plant.

Myclobutanil and Bifenazate are insecticides that were used in the cultivation of the plant. These chemical insecticides have since been banned for use on the plants that are smoked. Myclobutanil is approved for use on grapes and some other food crops. Pesticides are designed to have the digestive system metabolize them. However,when we smoke the chemicals, they pass directly from our lungs into the bloodstream without being broken down.

Pesticide removal from oil

Flash chromatography has been used to remove pesticides efficiently from the plant. The purification achieved by FCPC eliminates pesticides and other biological substances.

Licensed producers in Canada are only allowed to use 22 approved pest control products. LP are randomly checked by Health Canada for any infringement on the approved list of pesticides used for the production of cannabis for medical purposes.

How long does pesticide residue last?

Depending on the time of the last application can affect how long the residue is present for. Generally, the residue will remain for a short time, oxygen and sunlight should cause the residue to break down and disburse.

Effects of smoking pesticides

Some of the health problems noted are:

• breathing problems
• headaches
• muscle pain
• heated rashes
• neurological problems
• birth defects

Marijuana pesticides poisoning

When you smoke contaminated cannabis, you are putting pesticides into your body. These pesticides can be present in your brain your liver and your spleen. The short-term effects are quite unknown. However chronic exposure to pesticides can be devastating to your health. Coccidiodes Immitis Fungus can cause Coccidioidomycosis infection also known as Valley Fever. This was found on weed from California. The symptoms include: tiredness, dizziness and memory loss.

Concentrates have been known to have 10x the level of pesticides that are in the flowering stage. So, it goes without saying that when smoking the concentrate the effects of the pesticides are magnified up to 10x.

There are serious problems that can occur when pesticides are inhaled directly into the lungs, or ingested.

Be careful when purchasing your herb from an unknown unregulated producer. Here are some signs to look for that your weed may be contaminated. The contamination could be from mold or pesticides that you consume.

• Unusual color is an indication that the weed is contaminated. Check for mildew and mold regularly on your plants.
• Smell your bud all good weed has a unique smell to its strain, however, if your bud smells over sweet or smell overly damp beware.
• Contact your health provider if you develop chest pains. Weed pesticides could cause chest pains.
• Allergic reactions can be produced from the ingestion of pesticides. If your eyes are inflamed and the production of mucus has increased, you could have ingested pesticides. Monitor carefully and contact the medical provider if the conditions worsen.
• Harsh tastes are another indication that something unhealthy is on your weed.

With all the chemicals that we consume on a day to day basis, we do not need them in our cannabis. Be careful of your supplier, and when in doubt perhaps look at growing your own. The law in Canada allows for the growing of 4 plants per household in most provinces; this might be the only way to control the pesticides used on your plants. Keep these facts in mind, be safe and enjoy!

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