You love good bud and want to be sure you’re not getting anything extra with it. After all, no one wants a dose of pesticides, mold, or metal with their flower. What can you do to make sure the bud your you’re packing your bong with is safe?
Pesticides and Cannabis Testing
Every state has had its problems with cannabis contaminates and pesticide scares at some point, but that doesn’t mean you need to panic. Pesticide regulation in the cannabis industry is complex, but by learning more about a cultivator’s practices you can get a better idea about their flower and what may be in it.
Part of the problem is that cannabis is still federally illegal. That means there’s no federal oversight or rules about cannabis testing, and federal agencies aren’t going to help you find pesticide-free bud. So how are you supposed to stay safe and still enjoy your flower or vape cartridge? Thankfully, CA has procedures to deal with this.
In California, the BCC regulates cannabis and has imposed a set of rules to help ensure that what you get is free from junk. To be sold in a dispensary, cannabis products must pass testing showing they are free of pesticides, residual solvents, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and microbials.
Cannabis Pesticide Risks
The good news is there are many natural pesticides and safe alternatives that will keep bugs off cannabis, and a lot of the really bad pesticides aren’t commonly used in cannabis cultivation. The bad news is that some growers do use dangerous pesticides, and they can often be found on black-market flower.
One of the worst pesticides you can find on cannabis is probably the fungicide myclobutanil (Eagle-20). When heated, it breaks down to hydrogen cyanide. It’s a great example of the trouble with using pesticides on cannabis. Like many commonly used agricultural pesticides, myclobutanil is safe when applied to food crops and household plants. But when you put a flame to flower treated with it, it can turn deadly. Smoking and vaping are still two of the most efficient ways to enjoy cannabis, so growers can’t go around using the same pesticides that are sprayed on grapes and expect it to be safe.
How to Find Clean Cannabis
So how do you make sure you aren’t smoking and vaping pesticides? Research, research, research. Yes, that sounds like work, but it’s worth it. You’re not going to find cannabis stamped with a USDA organic sticker, so you have to learn for yourself what’s in your cannabis.
To avoid dangerous pesticides, look for growers and processors like High Season who are committed to providing quality craft cannabis. Take some time to get to know the growers by visiting their website and learning about their values and processes.
California requires that retail cannabis undergo mandatory pesticide testing, so shop at legitimate dispensaries — and avoid sketchy black-market stores — to make sure you’re getting the purest quality products around. They should have a license number to show that they are operating legally. Plus, all licensed distributors must also include the following on their child-resistant packaging to show consumers that the product has been tested and approved:
- California warning
- Prop 65 warning
- batch number
- Harvest date
- Packaged date
- THC percentage
- CBD percentage
At High Season, we grow premium, 100% natural flower that’s grown under a highly controlled indoor environment. We use specialized techniques that prevent bugs and mold, so pesticides only sparingly touch our plants. We know everything about plants, from seed to harvest. And we take pride in only selling the best, so our customers know exactly what they are getting, every time.