While talking about the many health benefits of cannabis it is important not to turn a blind eye on the health risks, and be aware of the challenges the industry and consumers face.
We at CEDEN believe that consumers and patients alike have a right to know what’s in their greens.
To increase potency and efficiency, cannabis growers are adding the one thing to marijuana users are trying to get away from: chemicals. Just like with food, many – even legal – cannabis farms use pesticides to ward of bugs, insects or illnesses, which can be life-threatening to their crop. But as helpful those chemicals can be for a plant’s health, as lethal they are when consumed. Pesticides have a long history of causing illnesses such as cancer, or acute symptoms such as dizziness, poisoning, nerve damage, or headaches – the list goes on. A high residue of pesticides can be found in all cannabis products of the legal markets: flowers, edibles, and concentrates.
Cannabis purchases on non-regulated markets lack even more transparency, and pesticides are not the only enemy. Cannabis distributed in black markets can be full of other substances. Recently, Illinois and Florida have been a victim of synthetic marijuana, which is produced to stimulate our bodies’ cannabinoid receptors without containing any organic cannabinoids at all. Otherwise referred to as K2 or Spice, the drug lead to kidney failure, bleeding or acute psychosis and even caused deaths due to its ingredients like rat poison.
Access to clean, organic cannabis is rare, yet substantial to a safe medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. With the accelerating growth of the cannabis industry, dispensaries and distributors should pay careful attention to maintaining the core attributes of marijuana: it’s natural, safe, and nontoxic. However, while the industry is trying to maintain its momentum within this rapidly growing and changing market, we can’t expect needed changes towards regulations for pesticide free cannabis any time soon.
Access to clean, organic cannabis is rare, yet substantial to a safe medicinal and recreational use of marijuana.
If you want full transparency over your marijuana, as well as access to affordable, organic cannabis, the best way you are currently looking at is home-growing. But it brings many difficulties, especially for first-time growers. Stay tuned for next week, where we will be releasing an in-depth article about all the little challenges to watch out for when growing your own greens.
In the meantime, check out our CEDEN GrowHub online. We strongly believe in the empowerment of cannabis consumers and patients and providing smart solutions to industry-wide problems. We all have a right to know where our cannabis came from, how it was grown, and what it contains - without the hassle of hour-long research to find an adequate supplier and without the headaches of home-growing. Join the #GrowingRevolution: Together we can rethink how cannabis is grown, consumed and distributed.
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