More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of mold. The toxins they produce are dangerous, attracting attention from the medical industry. Bacteria and fungus love a damp environment, a veritable breeding ground for them, which is why drying your buds properly before storage is so vitally important. You will rely on cannabis delivery if you allow mold to enter your buds.
Effects of Mold on Buds
Cannabis flowers provide the perfect place for mildews and molds to grow. They are dense, creating an ideal environment, and if they are even slightly moist, spores will thrive, and if warm, well, there will be no stopping its spread. Moldy buds are the absolute lowest of the lowest grade. You cannot find anything worse. They are unsellable, harmful, and nobody, absolutely nobody, will want them:
· Mold Damages Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids are the most important compounds in cannabis. They are responsible for the effects of marijuana, as well as all of its medicinal properties. Cannabis plants contain well over 100 different cannabinoids, with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD, the two most famous of them. For weed lovers, THC is especially important, since THC is what makes you “high.”
For medical patients, all cannabinoids are important, most notably CBD. However, mold damages cannabinoids, kills them, if you like, and renders them completely ineffective. Mold will quickly make THC less potent, CBD less therapeutic, and other cannabinoids less of what they should be too. If you have moldy buds, you are unlikely to get high or healthy. More likely, you will just get sick.
· Mold Destroys Terpenes
Terpenes are chemical compounds that give cannabis its smell and flavor. If terpenes are not in optimal health, your buds will not smell or taste like marijuana should, and will actually have a horrible pungency and flavor. Mold will quickly destroy terpenes, which have their own therapeutic properties, now made useless by unwanted and rapidly spreading spores. Without sticky terpenes, your buds are just dirt.
Effect of Mold on Health
If useless, bad-tasting buds are not bad enough, consider your health. Do not smoke mold. Do not consume it in any way. Inhaling mold is notoriously bad for you, especially if you are a medical patient. Mold can and will make you sick. Very sick. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it causes all manner of respiratory diseases, most notably chronic pulmonary aspergillosis.
There are several reasons why mold is bad for your health. Mold spores survive notoriously harsh conditions. Not even burning kills them, so when you light up a moldy joint, you are just inhaling live mold spores. The warmth and damp of your lungs is a haven for these spores, which find the human body the perfect place to thrive.
At the very least, you will get an infection in the lungs. Even worse, though, mold releases its own chemicals, called mycotoxins and endotoxins. Both are dangerous, with mycotoxins known triggers of both severe irritation and sickness. Endotoxins, released as bacterium die, worsen any agitation, irritating the lungs and causing asthma and related attacks.
Smoking a nice batch of mycotoxins and endotoxins together will likely trigger an inflammatory response. Long-term inhalation of inflammation-inducting mildews and molds can aggravate some autoimmune issues; further increasing risk of infection, which itself can spread through the body and contribute to various other illnesses. Symptoms of exposure include:
- Brain Fog
- Memory Loss
- Light Sensitivity
- Chest Pain
- Mood Changes
Types of Cannabis Molds
Cannabis attracts a variety of different molds and mildews. This varies much by region, opening up new opportunities to infect both plants and humans. The best prevention is to grow, harvest, and cure cannabis in clean, dry, airy areas with moving ventilation, and the most harmful pathogens to protect against include these three dangerous molds:
A mycotoxin producing fungus, Aspergillus includes some strains believed to be carcinogenic. This mold infects the lungs, badly, and very seriously for anyone with a compromised immune system. It is a primary cause of emphysema too, but fortunately, treatment is swift and possible if caught early enough, and if patients stop smoking cannabis altogether, or at least until they are healthy again.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cladosporium is a plant fungus common on porous substrates, such as paper and wood. It triggers asthma and causes symptoms of hay fever, despite not producing any mycotoxins. Chronic exposure increases the risk of contracting pneumonia and other respiratory conditions, which can threaten life, even, in extreme cases, prove fatal.
Easily the most common pathogen found on cannabis, Botrytis is the biological name for gray mold. This fungus causes extreme allergic reactions when inhaled, and in chronic cases, acute respiratory conditions. Those with autoimmune diseases, weakened immune systems, and allergen sensitivities are especially at risk, but in sufficient quantities, this fungus can wreak immense havoc on human health.
If mold invades your buds, you will have no option but to throw them away. Do not give them to anybody or smoke them yourself, no matter how desperate the times. No amount of picking mold out can guarantee your safety, since the task is frankly impossible. There is no way you can remove it all. Rather order cannabis delivery from a licensed supplier. It is safer and has with a mold-free guarantee.