Clean Cannabis: The Pesticide Problem

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Steep Hill

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Do you know what’s in your cannabis? You should, and Steep Hill Lab wants you to – one of the analytical services that our lab offers is safety screening for contaminants such as pesticides. Screening for these chemicals is so important because many of them are under-researched. Steep Hill currently provides testing for 15 pesticides, and we’re going to get into the nitty-gritty of 3 common pesticides. This way, you’ll know exactly what is (or isn’t) in your cannabis. Let’s break it down:

Bifenthrin

Bifenthrin is an insecticide with allowable residues in crops. The EPA classifies Bifenthrin as a possible human carcinogen and is shown in animal studies to have endocrine-disrupting properties at higher concentrations. With cannabis, it is commonly used to “bomb” indoor grow rooms to kill spider mites between cultivation cycles. Inhaling high levels of bifenthrin can irritate the nose, throat, and lungs. People who ate large amounts of bifenthrin experienced a sore throat, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting almost immediately.

Imidacloprid

Imidacloprid is an insecticide that was made to mimic nicotine. Considered “moderately hazardous” by the WHO, the National Pesticide Information Center says it’s moderately toxic if ingested or inhaled. Farmworkers with direct exposure to the insecticide reported skin or eye irritation, dizziness, breathlessness, confusion, or vomiting after exposure to pesticides containing imidacloprid. Pet owners have sometimes had skin irritation after they applied flea control products containing imidacloprid to their pets.

Myclobutanil

Myclobutanil is a fungicide considered “slightly hazardous” by the World Health Organization. Myclobutanil is especially prevalent in the cannabis community because it releases highly toxic gases if heated past its boiling point of 205°C (400°F). Butane lighters, such as those used to ignite marijuana for consumption, produce temperatures exceeding 450°C. These toxic gases include hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, and nitrogen oxide. For this reason, Myclobutanil is strictly forbidden by law on cannabis crops in most countries.

Many US-based growers have reverted to non-chemical crop protection technologies, such as germicidal UV against powdery mildew and Botrytis, to avoid its hazardous effects.

Keep in mind that many of these chemicals’ concentration determines whether they affect humans, which is why Steep Hill tests for them. Suppose the chemicals are maintained at a safe and controlled concentration, which Steep Hill meticulously ensures (down to the part per million). In that case, it is unlikely that they will be harmful to humans.
 

Rurumo

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This is one of the main reasons a lot of us grow our own. Blackmarket and dispensary bud is lousy with pesticides, heavy metals, and pgrs. Not to mention it's mostly harvested too early and dried/cured too quickly. I do think any reputable dispensary should have their bud tested for these things, and be open and honest about the results.
 

Steep Hill

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This is one of the main reasons a lot of us grow our own. Blackmarket and dispensary bud is lousy with pesticides, heavy metals, and pgrs. Not to mention it's mostly harvested too early and dried/cured too quickly. I do think any reputable dispensary should have their bud tested for these things, and be open and honest about the results.
Hi Rurumo,
We agree that dispensaries should be transparent when it comes to how their bud has been tested too! We feel as though it's important for every consumer to consider what they are putting in their bodies before enjoying their cannabis, whether it's recreationally or medicinally - that's why home growers also have a lot of wisdom to share! Thanks for replying :)
 

hotrodharley

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Then this Steep Hill disappears. How reassuring. Apparently here to rake some muck. Never answered my question about private growers being able to have bud analyzed. Might not even really be Steep Hill.
 

Steep Hill

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Then this Steep Hill disappears. How reassuring. Apparently here to rake some muck. Never answered my question about private growers being able to have bud analyzed. Might not even really be Steep Hill.
Hi Hotrodharley,
We're sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Unfortunately, community guidelines prohibit us from answering these kinds of questions directly. However, we do have a location in Anchorage, Alaska as of 2016! We hope you enjoy the rest of your week :)
 
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