For your health and well-being you always want to make sure that you are getting the highest, purest quality cannabis possible. Though states and producers are getting better at creating clear guidelines and policies to keep cannabis consumers safe, the industry still has some catching up to do in the realm of quality & assurance.
What this means is that not all cannabis is as clean and pure as you might think it is. A lot of those potentially harmful contaminants you just can’t see with the naked eye.
To ensure you are buying a safe, clean pesticides free marijuana product, here are 3 tips on what to look for:
Cannabis Strains Grown Organically
Many cannabis farmers are opting for organic, choosing to avoid harmful pesticides or chemicals. Because this is usually the healthier option, we encourage you to ask your dispensary or collective if they have any cannabis varieties that have been grown organically. Although an organic certification does not yet exist for cannabis, it’s no surprise that a lot of dispensaries are starting to favor organic buds.
In addition to cannabinoid profiles, a lab analysis can tell you the cannabis contains any contaminants. We also hope that the price for individual people doing small sample lab testing will drop as well to something that is more affordable for the masses.
When purchasing any cannabis product you want to make sure that the cannabis is free of contaminants and has been lab tested for contaminants such as pesticides, dirt, residual solvents, mold, fungicides, and growth byproducts. Most people would be shocked at the number of contaminated products that get submitted to the labs for testing. These contaminants are especially an issue for people who already have compromised immune systems.
If there are no credible cannabis labs in your area, the next best thing is to inspect cannabis flower with a 30x microscope. Most dispensaries have a microscope on hand if you want to get a closer look. With such an up-close view, you should be able to make out a large number of what are called trichomes on the surface. These small mushroom-shaped crystalline structures are what carry most of the medicinal value in the plant.
However, a good microscope or magnifying glass will also allow you to see any foreign material that may escape the naked eye. Keep a lookout for insect eggs or feces and any other foreign material that looks suspicious. If you spot contaminants, don’t hesitate to throw the sample out.
Outdoor, Sungrown Cannabis vs. Indoor Whats The Difference?
Cannabis is a very hardy plant when grown outdoors. There are so many factors that make up the quality of a plant, similar to how wine varieties from different regions taste different. Things like soil, wind, climate, nearby plants, direct natural sun and moonlight, all play a factor.
For all these reasons, you just can’t mimic mother nature and growing cannabis right under the sun. Not to mention that outdoor grows also have a smaller carbon footprint which is better for the planet, and require less – if any – pesticides. That’s not to say one can’t grow high-quality, clean cannabis indoors. We know several indoor growers with amazing products.
Yet once you become a cannabis connoisseur, you can tell the difference between indoor and sungrown cannabis. If you go to a dispensary or collective and they don’t provide lab testing results or cannabis flower that has been made using organic methods be sure to make a request and let them know that those things are important to you. Dispensaries and collectives want to meet the needs of their clients and the more requests they get, the faster we can show them that we expect safety and quality in all cannabis products.
- Which of these quality factors are most important to you? Let us know in the comments below.