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WTF News: You Might be Smoking Mold and Salmonella in Your Weed

I doubt this is going to stop weed smokers from getting it in but researchers at the University of New Haven have found that mold, invisible to the naked eye, insect parts, salmonella and E. Coli could possible be in marijuana. These are just a few of the contaminants found.

Researchers are working fast to figure out a quality control solution, especially since weed is now legal in Colorado and Washington.

Via Huffington Post:

Although the Department of Justice announced that it will allow Colorado and Washington’s new recreational pot laws proceed, marijuana remains illegal under federal law and that means that government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration won’t oversee the testing and policing of the products.

So it’s up to the states to come up with a testing and certification process.

“It’s important for us to do it because it’s public safety and there’s no U.S. FDA oversight here,” said Randy Simmons, the Washington State Liquor Control Board project manager in charge of implementing Initiative 502 which legalized marijuana for recreational use, to NBC News. “Things that would be FDA rules don’t exist.”

Many states, including Washington and Colorado, already require quality control testing of marijuana.

“Through Colorado’s robust regulatory regime, marijuana businesses will soon be required to test their marijuana for potency and harmful contaminants such as mold, mildew, pesticides, and microbials,” Michael Elliott of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group told The Huffington Post. “These new testing regimes will help protect consumer safety, and ensure that marijuana being sold through the regulated businesses is far safer than marijuana being sold through the black market.”

The 136-page rule book for the retail marijuana industry in Colorado has detailed instructions regarding quality control and contaminant tests including testing for molds, mildew, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and general filth along with labeling that states the results of those tests and if they were performed.

Labels will also detail the potency of a marijuana product and the compounds that are contained therein.

“By regulating marijuana and requiring that it conform to reasonable standards we can ensure it does not present any undue harm to consumers,” Mason Tvert, communications director for Marijuana Policy Project and key backer of Colorado’s marijuana legalizing Amendment 64, said to HuffPost. “It makes little sense to force marijuana into the underground market where we are virtually guaranteeing it will not be tested.”

Moldy marijuana is nothing new. Back in 2009, marijuana industry blog Spark Report wrote that finding mold on marijuana is actually quite common. “Anyone who has smoked marijuana more than a couple times has most likely inhaled mold spores from marijuana,” the blog states. “That may sound alarming, however its important to remember that you are likely to inhale the same or similar mold spores while taking a walk in the park. The most common type of mold, Aspergillus, occurs naturally in almost everything in nature.”

Moldy marijuana can cause respiratory or other flu-like symptoms in some people. Another concern is that  several of the chemicals applied to pot plants are intended only for lawns and other non-edibles but Medical cannabis samples collected in Los Angeles have been found to contain pesticide residues at levels 1600 times the legal digestible amount.

Since weed is primarily inhaled rather than eaten, the toxins it carries get into the lungs and blood stream much faster.

  • hoeyuno

    This is nothing new. It’s a plant!!

  • TimeWillTellu1

    they are just trying to slow sales down…

  • GQ

    I smoke the best shyt.. shouts out to Anaheim

  • don king

    u also find that in ur daily food. the law even allows a certain amount of bucks n molt in it. stop overreactin! plus it gets burned anyway.

  • TheCatalyst

    “marijuana remains illegal under federal law and that means that government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration won’t oversee the testing and policing of the products.” Perhaps this is a good thing, because the FDA only approves of products that can be exploited by big corporations. They have no interests in affordable cures, only expensive treatments. (profit margins being the bottom line)
    This is the only real reason that cannabis is still illegal on the federal level; its not about the good of the people but the good of corporate entities.

    Always be aware of what you consume, no matter where it is purchased. Even the best can make mistakes!

  • lackin

    That whole report was such bullshit… Any good grower controls their temperature and humidity, checks the plants with a scope for mites and mildew, and flushes the plants before harvest to get any residual chemicals out. And any good dispensary sure as hell checks their buds for contaminants in addition to testing for cannabinoid levels. If weed is so poisonous how come I’ve never gotten sick from smoking it????

    • atlantahiphopshop

      Some States weed is illegal and they buy from ni99as in the street who got that Mexican garbage that has been sitting in warehouses for months if not years. Speak for yourself.

      • lackin

        Did you read the report? They’re talking specifically about medical states and illseed didn’t even post half the bullshit they said on the news.

      • feeliama

        These new testing regimes will help protect consumer safety, and
        ensure that marijuana being sold through the regulated businesses is far
        safer than marijuana being sold through the black market.”

        Meaning, It has been reported and found, so check it all. There is FDA, why not this? EVERY grower cant be trusted, right?

    • TheCatalyst

      “Always be aware of what you consume, no matter where it is purchased. Even the best can make mistakes!”

    • Papi Peligro

      I didn’t even think dude was talking about the growers I thought he was talking about the people selling and smoking it.

  • johnblacksad

    Still better than all the garbage food these greedy and shameless industrials are putting out…

    On that note, I’m bout to roll up some mold and salmonella… sh!t probably gets me higher anyways… plus someday we all gotta go

    • MrNoName2K

      ^3..

    • Papi Peligro

      Amen.

    • Stay Phokus

      RNS

  • gerald bransol

    i grow my weed so im good i dont put no chemicals and i check out my lovely ladies err day to see if theres any bugs attacking or mold

  • digitallife

    This is only a concern for people who vape or do that crack head oil dip shhh, IE heat up their bud with Coils. If you put fire to that herb ain’t nothing but THC going into you.

    • TheCatalyst

      Incorrect. Cannabis actually has more carcinogens than tobacco if combusted. Vaping is actually the healthier way to consume.

      • GQ

        Thank You

    • J. Jordan

      Ha! Oil and vape are both definitely healthier than smoking rolled weed or a out of a pipe. You still smoke the oil but waaaaay less actual smoke enters your lungs because it’s a smaller concentrated dose of THC. Vaping is the even better, no actual smoke, just vapors. It’s the healthiest option for sure.

  • brotha_man

    good thing i dont smoke…unless its a cigar. all i need is crown royal or johnny walker and im set to go

    • TheCatalyst

      Tobacco & alcohol products are far more toxic than cannabis, especially when the herb is vaporized or eaten. Enjoy!

      • brotha_man

        every man has his demons….didnt say it was safe, just my preference

      • TheCatalyst

        Apologies for the sarcasm, didn’t mean to sound like I was condemning you bro.

    • Immortal

      There is an issue that no one is talking about and that is the liberal administration has taken a “blind eye” to this, yet still maintains a law where you can go to prison for weed. Once a conservative administration comes in and makes a point of asserting the law using the DOJ, all hell is going to break loose and what was once “legal” will become the “new” illegal. Federal law trumps state law, and for the little amount made doesn’t make a real dent in the Federal tax burden, so it’s easier to keep it illegal being the cost per inmate in a prison. If the Federal government were to fully legalize weed, the tax per hit would be more than what you pay for a pack of cigarettes. Has to make you think, is it really worth it? Sure for the diehards, the cost of “safe weed” would be worth it, But for the common smoker, skunk weed or weed laced with heroin or crack will become the norm, and more trips to the local ER’s. Or you’ll see a rise in K2 or Spice like products sold to folks that don’t know any better. And of course and as usual the rap community will exploit it to the masses and to our children as they do all popular drugs we have now.

    • Immortal

      There is an issue that no one is talking about and that is the liberal administration has taken a “blind eye” to this, yet still maintains a law where you can go to prison for weed. Once a conservative administration comes in and makes a point of asserting the law using the DOJ, all hell is going to break loose and what was once “legal” will become the “new” illegal. Federal law trumps state law, and for the little amount made doesn’t make a real dent in the Federal tax burden, so it’s easier to keep it illegal being the cost per inmate in a prison. If the Federal government were to fully legalize weed, the tax per hit would be more than what you pay for a pack of cigarettes. Has to make you think, is it really worth it? Sure for the diehards, the cost of “safe weed” would be worth it, But for the common smoker, skunk weed or weed laced with heroin or crack will become the norm, and more trips to the local ER’s. Or you’ll see a rise in K2 or Spice like products sold to folks that don’t know any better. And of course and as usual the rap community will exploit it to the masses and to our children as they do all popular drugs we have now. We shall see in the end

  • Papi Peligro

    I was talking to my boy about this the other day. Certain hybrid weed. Purple, Cherry Bomb are notorious for mold. You have to store it in a really dry place.

    • Papi Peligro

      This is when you take it home. Yes mold can grow on it after you have purchased the weed. SMOKETH IT.

      • TheCatalyst

        Not always true. Not all Dispensaries are adequately checking for mold. Also, some may even use contaminated product to make concentrates or infuse into food products. I have heard of this from many patients.

  • Cory Evans

    I wanna know if they tested dirt weed…then it would make since. But we..and i mean WE….never know where it was grown or the conditions….all the better reason to regulate it

    • Charter

      since≠sense

  • dfwricwil

    I believe this is true. Had a friend who smoked some so called kush last year and passed out.
    LOL. Now he has respiratory issues to this day but the fool won’t stop smoking.

    • Dubz

      Homeopathy could help that in case he really want to get it fixed…lmao

  • Analytical 360 testing is a must up here. It will be considered a felony in the state of WA to sell “non-consumable” weed i.e. bammer, reggie, mid because of these potential risks. “Smoke top shelf cause mid grade is bad for your health”.

    • TheCatalyst

      I agree testing is a must, but I am leery about one corporation doing all the testing. When it comes to WA State and recreational use, unfortunately they will only care about THC content. In fact, the way things are headed it is most likely that the recreational marijuana will be loaded with pesticides and fertilizers such as bloom hardeners. Many producers may end up being more concerned with quantity over quality.

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  • Still reaching to find a scientific negative in marijuana… LMAO! Keep trying Feds!

  • Meathead gigganigga

    Feds probably spoiling the weed with that shit just to make it stop growing

  • To be honest how many of y’all done seen a big pack all compressed and fresh sealed…opened it and found a insect leg or some other crazy ish. I ain’t tombout no petty a** 28 either..this is not news nor is it new…n no I ain’t talking bout no backyard boogie…if you ever received more than a zip at a time out of the clear blue sky you more than likely have seen some weird ish in ya bag. Haven’t seen it too often but I have seen it, ain’t nutn new. Y’all knowwhatimsayn..ain’t no dispensaries down here so our ish come fresh sealed from wherever the F***….Shiiiiiiid I wish we would get a muflunking dispensary or sumn it would b lovely….

    • eddieknucks

      Yeah bruh it’s often mold and insect parts when that big package come. Sometimes my hands and arms would break out and shit. Most of the time it’s fine but it don’t surprise. Shit I remember when ninja was getting Bo’s that had been sprayed with formaldehyde.

      • Yea that lame a$$ dude Jordan puzzy above tried to call me out on it…he just don’t know about it cuz he ain’t out here hitting no blocks, I’m glad at least somebody who ain’t Internet thuggin knows what I’m tombout.

  • You can definitely see it if you have moldy trees most of the time…oh but if you taste it you will definitely know….

    • pauleyPee

      Take it from an expert on the subject… No you can’t.

      • Oooooook Mr. Expert. There is always a know it all in the class that don’t know as much as they lead onto. Well Mr. Expert if you knew my former occupation you would know that what I’m saying is true. I’m not talking bout no dispensary trees as I have never been in one. I have seen a few packs with visible mold homeboy…also if you don’t believe me Google has several great examples that will show u that my statement is definitely true..but ur an expert because you said it on a blog? So your basically calling my own eyes a liar? You must have missed class that day bruh..internet genius’s kill me.

      • pauleyPee

        For reasons I’m not going to go into detail about, I can relay to you with all intimacy that all molds are not visible on cannabis. Basic rot is always visible on anything, whether it’s black or green tinged. But a common mold to cannabis is powdery mildew. It’s very white, very dusty, and blends perfectly with trichomes a.k.a. “thc crystals”. So that type of mold, unless in excess, is only going to be observable to the grower and/or by lab equipment.

        So 1) No, your eyes are not a liar… Eyes are never the problem. It’s what the mind assumes by way of the eyes, hence perception, that leads to discrepancies between what we think and reality. 2) You can question the veracity of what I’m saying. Enjoy. But what I’m telling you isn’t hearsay, lame. Read between the lines.

      • Lame, bruh you just tried to explain to me what a trichome was. Thats so funny considering i spent a great deal of my time doing what you claim to know. You know what lil guy I ain’t gon even go back and forth on no message board…just know I’m out here eyday and have seen moldy trees with my own two eyes bruh. You tryna either imply that you may have once been a grower or that you moving them thangs. Either way I believe that you do neither, because if you’ve seen a few big batches you definitely have probably seen some mold before. You F*** boys kill me man. I honestly could care less what you have done but I’m telling you a guy like me don’t talk it, I live it and walk it. Read between my lines and you would understand I ain’t no rookie either…potna.

  • pauleyPee

    This story is old news to the industry. Anyone who grows knows that there are bug and mold issues that arise if preventative care isn’t undertaken. Problem is when you get people too in it for the money who don’t want to take a loss on a bad crop. Regardless, 85% of the dispensaries here in the San Francisco Bay Area test their vendor’s products before buying them, because most medical patients are conscientious enough to demand that sort of standard. Every legal crop has a maximum allowable amount of contaminant legislated and enforced by the FDA and USDA. Because of cannabis’ illegality, no standard exists, yet. Either way, it sounds all in all like another money grab.

  • HatesElvis

    Damn probation saved my life no weed for me…

  • well yea it can happen who didnt know this

  • water_ur_seeds

    Theres often spider mites on weed, when you hear your weed ‘crackle’ its often (as well as seeds) spider mites… There was laced weed over here once with glass/sand/silicon in it, the shit was horrible and dangerous smh

  • Damn, guess I’ll go back to crack now, be safe.

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