What are you really lighting up? Cannabis isn’t hazardous to your health, but its contaminants are.
Twenty unidentified Northern California Cannabis Dispensaries contained bacterial and fungal pathogens, that may cause serious even fatal infections if smoked or vaped by people with impaired or compromised immune systems, according to a new study by UC Davis Scientists.
The tested cannabis – collected and cataloged, by Berkley’s Steep Hill Labs, with DNA extraction by MO BIO Labs in Carlsbad – contained a wide Diversity of microorganisms, many of which are implicated in serious lung infections, including Cryptococcus, Mucor, and Aspergillus fungi and Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria
Twenty-Eight States have decided to recreate or medicate, in one way or another The Infamous “Cannabis” Mary Jane Roses have gone mainstream, bringing with it fungus and allergies, I recall in the Nineties In My professional Endeavor, I had notice a Nice “Green Crack” that always arrived excessively moist and some were tainted, with fungi I would end up trying to return it. Ended up being bad business. Meanwhile back to the future, twenty dispensaries came up riding dirty (for lack of a better term).
This Investigation came about when a Cancer patient developed a rare and incurable fungal infection after using aerosolized marijuana, (inhaled as a mist). Such unusual lung infections are usually attributed to hospital or community exposure, he noted. As it does not occur to most patients. Several doctors concluded that the source could be marijuana.
There were several cancer patients, they were undergoing intensive chemotherapy and also a stem cell therapy, so their immune systems were weak. In one particular patient the fungal infection became lethal. Now what about the users whose immune systems are healthy? “There aren’t any specific recomendations” said Dr. George Thompson, associate professor of the clinical medicine at UC Davis who also contributed to the study.
“One particular young man had used recreational cannabis before his diagnosis with lukemia, and may be acquired the infection before he knew he was even sick”, said Dr Joseph Tuscano. “Any type of marijuana inhaled has its given risk inhaling provides direct portal of entry into the lungs where infection can easily take hold” he said.
“The only way to avoid microbes is to plant in a sterile environment, like a “clean room” “said biologist Anthony Torres of Steep Hill Labs. “With proper irrigation the plant can reduce Risk” he added. Microbial testing can detect the levels of contaminants, it is important for individuals who utilize cannabis to make sure it has been tested for pesticides, mold and mycotoxins and microbiological contaminants”. said Torres.
As a patient, it helps if the dispensary that you are in attendance at, would have these reports available, to practice transparency, I am a proud patient and I hope to find a test report in one of these dispensaries. I personally started smoking what I call Co2. I too have an experience with the fungi in the bud, I am actually allergic to some strains. As I stated earlier, Due to my bout with cannabis in the nineties. I suffer from allergies to 5 different types of mold. This has become a pressing Issue, with me I am in constant search of Good Bud it is Important that the market Standardize we need to know what we are getting, as much as I love my black Market dealer, Co2 saves the day plus it is more versatile. The downer of being in this Elite Group of Cannaseurs, is that it smells, everything that burns smells, its aroma is pleasant at times of stress, but the Vapor Pen, is so much fun I blaze every where with no smell, no skunk in the room. Saves the day in every occasion, although cannabis is more acceptable the smell still carries it’s stereotype.
In conclusion I may add that you examine your flower carefully. We need no casualties in the process of legalization.