Homegrown Cannabis

Homegrown Cannabis Safety

Safety

Cannabis safety is often cited as the primary reason why people avoid growing their own cannabis, but that’s frequently an illusion. Cannabis manufacturing companies claim GMP and lab analysis reduce contamination, but no empirical data is shown as to the efficiency of these practices.

Food-borne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by comercial as by homegrown recreational or medical cannabis.

When growing cannabis Safety must be considered with every step of the process, from pre-planting to ingestion.

Surveys have shown that home gardeners don’t understand that soil, compost, manure, and water are potential sources of disease-causing bacteria that can contaminate crops. Instead, growers are most concerned about chemical contamination. 

Simple practices can be used to reduce pathogens and improve safety in the garden.

Consider: soil amendments, irrigation, wildlife restriction, cross contamination and storage.

Gardening Products 

Some chemicals that can damage both you and your plants. For example, nitric or phosphoric acid, lower the pH of water and a skin irritant. Using protective gear can minimize the chances of injury.

Always use approved fertilizers and pesticides; read the instructions prior to use.

Irrigation 

Constantly damp environment can cause root rot. Molds may grow and can damage the crop or grower’s health.

The best way to reduce the risk of water-related problems is to control the environment humidity, avoid overwatering and ensure runoff.

Habitat 

Unwanted wildlife can shed hairs and introduce the crop to unwanted pathogens. It is important to deter animals away from the crop to avoid contamination.

Storage

After the Curing Process keeping your cannabis in a cool, dark place under 60% RH.

Growing cannabis has the same safety concerns growing any other crop, additionally, the need to conceal the grow. 

Indoor

While indoor growing provides controlled conditions, it also has more risks when it comes to safety. Fires are a significant concern, improper wiring of the lights and fans can lead to a short circuit. Confined spaces make it difficult to handle fertilizers and pesticides. Mold buildup is more prominent. Simply legalizing homegrown cannabis makes it much safer for consumption. 

Legalization

Some cannabis companies fear full Legalization and Deregulation of cannabis as they are afraid of losing market-share, but in reality consumers are no more likely to grow cannabis as they are a tomato. 

Inspect 

Before consumption Smell the cannabis, if it’s appealing it passes the first stage. Visually check the cannabis product, do not consume any if you find evidence of mold. When smoking you should enjoy a fruity, spicy, pungent, natural flavor, if you taste any chemical-like substance do not risk contamination. Growing Cannabis at home allows the consumer to take charge of the production and ensure a steady supply.

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