How to Avoid Moldy Weed

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.

Purchase Plants with High Resistance

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.

Always keep your Cannabis Dry After Harvest

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.

Always Check the Testing Label

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.

Let Us Handle Your Cannabis Testing Needs in California

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.

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