If you stop to think about the potential exposure to pesticides and other contaminants that your cannabis had on its journey from seedling to plant to grow room to the nug in your hand, well, it’s a little eye-opening. As a seedling, it could have been in soil fumigated with pesticides. As a plant, it was probably doused with chemicals intended to kill insects and fungus and disease. And in the grow room, it might have been exposed to the chemicals used in pest strips – the ones that tend to stick around in enclosed spaces.
Why does that matter to you? You’re about to fire up all those layers of pesticides, some of which have the bad habit of becoming toxic under combustion.
So how can you be sure your weed is clean?
The Federal Conundrum
The big snarl in America’s booming cannabis industry is that the federal government still classifies this innocent plant as a Schedule I drug, even as states vote to legalize it both medically and recreationally. This means that the federal government is unable to regulate the cannabis industry in any way, shape or form – including agricultral oversight. It’s up to the states to regulate pesticides, and if cannabis recalls, lawsuits and exposes are any indication, that’s a bit of a problem.
Growing cannabis poses its own challenges. To keep those pricey plants safe from their inherent vulnerability to fungi, disease, and bugs, growers may use additional pesticides. Indoor growth means that both pests and disease can flourish, without seasonal changes or predators to keep them in check.
And then there’s the confusion of which pesticides to use. The federal government has no recommendations or prohibitions, which means growers are free to use pesticides that have been unapproved in other agricultural applicatons. Worrisome, no?
Finally, there’s the end user’s delivery method. WIth edibles, the body can use its built-in filters to break down potentially harmful compounds. That’s not the case with cannabis that’s smoked, which has a ticket directly from your lungs to your bloodstream. So what percentage of pesticide residue are you really inhaling? Is there any way to know for sure?
The Nevada Standard
In Nevada, yes. The Silver State has become the nation’s gold standard in cannabis regulation. Blame it on the legal gaming, mixed martial arts, and prostitution – when you regulate industries not found in other states, you get a lot of practice.
Nevada’s stringent, yet common-sense framework for cannabis regulation means that every cultivator in the state, including yours truly, is held to standards that ensure potency and safety through testing in parts per million and parts per billion for:
• Microbial and biological contamination
• Residual solvents
• Mold, mildew, fungus, yeast
• Heavy metals
• Pesticides, fungicides
• E. coli, salmonella
There are tests specific to different cannabis products as well, including topicals, edibles, and those produced with certain solvents.
This isn’t a random sample thing, either. In Nevada, every five-pound batch of flower and 15-pound batch of shake is tested. That doesn’t mean five pounds from a given harvest – it means every single five-pound batch.
And all of those tests means the cleanest weed that’s being produced – anywhere. In fact, if food was tested as rigorously as Kynd cannabis, we’d have fewer food-borne illnesses.
So is your weed clean? If it has a Kynd label, absolutely. And here’s a tip – you can request test results for the cannabis products you buy at Nevada dispensaries. They’re required to keep this information on hand, so take advantage of it.