Nobody likes mold, but unlike what you’d find on your bathroom sink or the old strawberries in your refrigerator, cannabis mold can be deadly and remains to be a significant threat. There are two types of mold commonly found in cannabis; Botrytis cinereal or “bud rot” (grows inside the plant during the growth cycle) and Aspergillus (affects cannabis plants during storage). Bud rot spreads quickly and can destroy your crop in a matter of days. Conversely, Aspergillus can result in harmful infections and developmental of aspergilloma, which can cause a cough, severe hemoptysis and fatigue, or pulmonary aspergillosis, which can be very damaging to the lungs and can wreak havoc on smokers with weakened immune systems. It is capable of causing death if not treated properly. To protect consumers, cannabis with mold should be disposed of in its entirety.
Here are a few things that can help you avoid moldy weed.
To beat this killer growth, buy strains suitable for your region and those that have high resistance. This may include pineapple express, satori, cannatonic, and hashberry. Learn the details of the strain and experiment with new types in small quantities. Refrain from planting risky strains.
Since mold thrives in humid and low temperatures, it’s important to ensure that your cannabis is kept in cool, dry storage containers. This may be a little complicated if you operate in a humid environment. You’ll want to consider using airtight, food-grade desiccant packages. These packets keep humidity low and regulate relative humidity. If you’re a grower, make sure that your garden is clean, well ventilated, and dry. Do not to give your plants too much water.
If you plant outdoors, let it be in a place where your plants will feel a breeze, get enough sunlight, and are protected from rain. Give your plants a shake each morning if you live in a region where dew is common. After packaging, keep your product away from direct sunlight.
You know that a sample of cannabis provided by state-certified dealers has to be tested and regulated by California cannabis testing labs. Improper cannabis microbial testing could bring false information about the presence of bud rot, and you may not really know if the plant is infected. So, if you’re a farmer or distributor, check the test results to ensure whatever you sell to consumers is safe. This also helps you prevent the spread to uninfected plants.
Bud rot loves humidity. So, check your plants and products regularly to ensure that nothing new sprouts up. And if you’re not sure, contact CanMedLabs for all your cannabis testing and analysis needs.