Common Pesticides in Cannabis and How To Avoid Them
It has long been the bane of every cannabis growers existence to enter their grow and find residue of a pest invasion. It has been common practice for decades in not just the growing of cannabis, but for all agriculture to utilize pesticides to deter any such invasions on their crop. It has since come to light some of the harmful effects of consuming pesticides, but what does it mean for cannabis? What does it mean for the growers and the quality of their product? What does it mean for the dispensaries who’re already on thin ice with the federal government? And most importantly, what does it mean for the consumer and their health and well being? This guide will attempt to shed light on the health hazards of common pesticides used in cannabis grows and the best ways to avoid them from a small home grow, to an industrial facility.
What pesticides are used in cannabis grows?
There are 4 common pesticides used in cannabis grows: Diazinon, Paclobutrazol, Bifenthrin, and Permethrin. These are used for a wide variety of purposes from controlling insects and fungus to controlling plant growth. These are often quick-solution sprays or liquids to add to the fertilizer or plant at different stages of growth.
How Can They Affect My Health?
There are consistent studies showing the effects of these pesticides on humans through eating contaminated products, skin contact, and direct inhalation, but there is little known about the effects on pesticides being consumed by smoking or vaporizing contaminated product. It is also known that methods used to concentrate cannabis for dabs, wax, or oil also concentrate pesticides. It’s important to note that different pesticides have varying levels of toxicity which is why as much details about pesticides being used in cultivation should be provided to the consumer as possible. Overall, the most common effects of pesticides on humans in small doses are: watery eyes, runny nose, drooling, loss of appetite, coughing, diarrhea, increased urination, stomach pain, and vomiting. Of course, all growers directly handling pesticides should use appropriate safety equipment as direct exposure could cause increased symptoms.
How Can We Avoid Using Pesticides?
Obviously, pesticides have an important purpose, but is there a way to organically fight off pests and fungus? The answer is of course, yes. Using aerated compost teas can be very beneficial in fighting off pathogens in the soil and turning them into nutrients and eliminating disease. Placing your plants in the vicinity of plants such as basil, dill, marigolds, chamomile, lavender, peppermint, and sunflowers work wonders for keeping away pests and inviting beneficial insects for small home grows. Homemade foliar sprays with ingredients such as cinnamon, peppermint, or clove essential oils have also proven to have a good degree of efficacy.
Governments and consumers alike have been questioning the safety of the newly legalized cannabis product. The hazards of common synthetic pesticides have been proven to do nervous damage to humans and products are being recalled all over legalized states. Inexpensive, easy-to-use organic pest control solutions are all around us and are available for the small home grower all the way to industrial grow ops. As we continue to adjust to new laws and regulations, the question of product safety must be an important one for growers, distributors, and consumers alike.
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