California researchers say don’t smoke moldy cannabis
California (read: Big Pharma funded) researchers in California are looking for a reason to continue the propaganda against the usefulness of the cannabis plant.
Cannabis plants or any plants with mold aren’t safe to consume or smoke. This does not apply exclusively to cannabis, but these researchers are certainly trying to make it look that way. This study was recently published in the journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
They recommend that using moldy weed in baked products could make it safer since the heat would kill the pathogens. Gross, if your weed has mold on it it’s not a good idea to put it in anything.
Because of the traces of fungi they reportedly found on cannabis in dispensaries, they also recommend not smoking weed at all.
“We cannot recommend inhaling it,” says George Thompson III, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the university who helped conduct the cannabis research.
They don’t however have any evidence on concentrates such as wax, honey oil, dabs and shatter. These cannabis products are made using heat and certainly not with any infected plants because that would affect the quality of the concentrate. The researchers say that they “aren’t sure” about these products since they did not actually research on them.
Thompson also said that potentially smoking moldy weed is “not of great concern” to healthy people. However, patients suffering from cancer or HIV with immune system illnesses could suffer from consuming or inhaling infected plants. That’s genius, but everyone knew that already.
“For the vast majority of dagga users, this is not of great concern.” said Thompson
And even though he admits that it’s not of great concern he is adamant that dagga isn’t safe for anyone to smoke.
The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation responded…
“We are aware of the study, and while it’s certainly concerning, this is exactly why we need regulation. The Bureau is working with the Department of Public Health to develop strong standards for testing because patient safety is extremely important to us all,” said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the state Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.