Making Marijuana Medicine Healthier
Tucked into marijuana buds, mold spores and spider mites and a host of other evils cause problems for the grower and the smoker. Because of the illegal nature of the industry, medical marijuana users inhale every particle of their medicine hoping that their buds hold health not harm but they can’t be sure. Tales trickle through the hills of growers hiding problems with their pot in order to sell it. According to the East Bay Express, at least one scientific testing lab, finding a welcoming climate in California, has begun testing pot and providing the results to dispensaries in Oakland.
“For the first time in the 3,000-year history of human cannabis consumption, consumers will be provided a scientific assessment of the safety and potency of products prior to ingesting them,” says Oakland’s Harborside Health Center owner, Stephen DeAngelo. He goes on to explain why testing has to become standardized procedure. “I mean, a dog walks in the grow room, and wags its tail — anything can be coming off that dog’s tail. It’s gross. Fertilizers with E. coli. Compost teas that they don’t make right, anaerobic tea that has elevated levels of E. coli and salmonella. It has to come. There’s no way that this is sustainable. All it takes is one story of immune-compromised people dying from aspergillus infection…”
The tests allow the dispensary owner to ensure that molds (which according to the testers are found in 5% of the marijuana) do not make it to the consumer. The tests also provide a snapshot of the “stoniness” of the pot which allows the consumer to choose which buds will work best for their illness and, let’s face it, for some buyers allow them to choose which will get them highest.