With a growing list of states and countries legalizing medical and recreational cannabis, it is a given that many companies and business-minded individuals would want to cash in on the trend. Some users see this as an advantage, but some users find this concerning.
Too many businesses jumping in on the cannabis bandwagon could mean that regulators have a more difficult time to oversee everything. It could also mean less quality control.
With the market expanding at a fast rate, there will also be an interesting mix of reliable cannabis suppliers that offer only high-quality products, and less reliable ones. Customers will have to obtain cannabis with a discerning eye.
Getting good cannabis products is a must. Products with molds, with traces of pesticides, or with contaminants would put users at risk of allergies, infection, and other harmful effects.
So how do you make sure the cannabis you get is safe? How do you make sure it is free from mold, mildew, pesticide, and other contaminants?
Here are a few suggestions on what you could do:
1. Examine the physical appearance of your leaves or buds.
For buds, mold is pretty easy to detect. You can spot it in plain sight. It looks about the same as the mold in cheese or bread.
Mold is a white or gray fuzzy-looking thing that attaches itself on the leaves or on the bud. If you examine it very closely, it looks like fine cobwebs or a dusty white powder.
If you find mold on your bud, it is best to throw it away to where it won’t contaminate other plants. If you have other buds, make sure the mold has not spread to them.
You must remember, however, that even if you could not see mold on your bud, that does not mean that the product is completely free from it. Small traces of mold and mildew may still be present on your weed. So you will have to watch out for any sign of allergy and other negative effects after using cannabis, such as coughing.
2. Trust your nose.
Pick only the buds or leaves that smell good to you. If they have a musky stink or bad-smelling undertones, they are most likely moldy.
3. Buy only laboratory-tested cannabis products from regulated businesses.
Cannabis can also carry traces of harmful chemicals that may have some adverse effects on your body. Unfortunately, these contaminants are not visible to the eyes and may not be detectable by smell. That is why we should leave it to the experts and to technology to tell us that the cannabis we are using is of good quality.
Purchase only from reputable sellers that offer quality-tested cannabis products.
Laboratory testing is the only way you can make sure your cannabis does not have traces of pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and pathogens.
Another option is to buy products from your usual supplier and pay for third-party testing service.
However, the downside to this includes the inconvenience, the extra costs, and the turnaround time. You would have to take your purchased product to a cannabis testing lab, pay for it, and wait for a few business days before you can get the results.
This option is only great if you have your own preferred supplier and you want to make sure the product they are selling you is as good as they claim. If the tests turn out great, then you can be sure your supplier is delivering on its promise and can be trusted.
Otherwise, it is always best to just get your cannabis straight from an accredited or licensed supplier or distributor with a quality certificate from a testing laboratory.