By now, everybody knows that the consumption of pesticides by human beings isn’t a particularly good idea. There’s a long list of pesticides that have been banned from use across much of the world, yet are still ridiculously easy to get hold of and way cheaper than safe and approved pesticides.

Precisely why traces of these pesticides routinely turn up in all kinds of consumer products, but what about weed?

Scare stories abound of weed being grown with terrifyingly toxic pesticides and other chemicals, in order to maximize yields while minimizing costs. Some take their chances nonetheless, while others prefer to grow their own weed from seeds at home to stay safe.

But what’s the truth about pot and pesticides? Should you really be worried about poisons in the cannabis you buy from commercial dispensaries?

 

A Widespread Cause for Concern

At the risk of jumping straight to the conclusion, the answer is yes – you should be worried about pesticides in commercial cannabis. Despite having been prohibited from use nationwide, there’s still a ton of toxic pesticides being used by cannabis producers, such as:

  • Myclobutanil
  • Abamectin
  • Etoxazole
  • Imidacloprid
  • Spiromesifen

Each of these has been linked with harmful effects when consumed by human beings and subsequently banned from use. Unfortunately, home testing for the presence of pesticides simply isn’t an option, so you’ve technically no idea how safe or otherwise your cannabis is.

Again, unless you grow your own, which is becoming the preferred option for many.

Each of these pesticides poses its own unique threat to human health, even when consumed in relatively small quantities. There’s even evidence to suggest that the negative effects of some pesticides can be passed on to our kids, if consumed during pregnancy.

Pesticides are therefore a major and widespread cause for concern, which all cannabis users should be taking seriously.

 

Staying Safe and Avoiding Poisonous Pesticides

As it stands, there are only two realistic options available for those looking to stay safe from poisonous pesticides. On the plus side, they’re both pretty straightforward and could even save you money long-term.

 

Option 1. Grow Your Own 

The first and most obvious option is to buy cannabis seeds and grow your own.  Just as long as doing so is legal in your jurisdiction, it’s more or less a no-brainer. You get to control every aspect of the cultivation process from start to finish, along with which products, nutrients and pest-prevention measures your plants are exposed to along the way.

This is by far the most cost-effective and satisfying way of enjoying 100% safe and organic cannabis. If you’ve only a tiny amount of space at your disposal, you could still grow as much weed as you need by choosing a high-yielding strain. It takes time and effort to get the job done properly, but it’s a small price to pay for the benefits.

 

Option 2. Buy Certified Pesticide-Free Weed

The alternative option is to exclusively purchase cannabis that is guaranteed 100% pesticide-free and independently certified as such. Realistically, you have to assume that any cannabis producer who doesn’t make a song and dance about their opposition to pesticides could be using toxic chemicals on their farms.

Pesticide-free weed is the kind of claim to fame growers and manufacturers are not exactly in the habit of keeping quiet about. Check the product packaging, the website of the manufacturer and the farm they source their weed from. If they’re committed to 100% organic farming with nothing synthetic or toxic in the mix, they’ll make it abundantly clear.

Organic weed grown without pesticides or chemicals is never cheap, but again, it’s a small price to pay for the quality and safety of the final product.

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