The State of Nevada is amount other states that have confirmed that it found high levels of mold found in marijuana products sold at local dispensaries. Therefore, an advisory was sent out by the Nevada Department of Taxation. This advisory warned consumers that high levels of mold found in marijuana products also include thos sold at local dispensaries.
Moldy Cannabis Has Increasingly Become a Problem in Legal Markets.
Molds and mildew are fungi that thrive in moist environments with poor air circulation. With marijuana, the presence of molds or mildews indicates the plants are diseased. Most microorganisms like mold do not present a problem at low levels. Some molds and mildews produce toxins, called mycotoxins, that can’t be burned away. These pathogenic microorganisms are harmful even at low levels because they produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms: from allergy-like symptoms to various types of cancer. And, they are harmful at mid to higher levels of contamination, particularly if they are inhaled.
Immunocompromised patients including those receiving chemotherapy are at a higher level of risk to all microorganisms, where even low levels of microbial contamination can lead to fatality. Contaminated medical cannabis and incidence of diseases such as Aspergillus nodulosis (a disease caused by the inhalation of Aspergillus niger) has already been researched.
This post is not intended to make a statement against cannabis use. Rather, it intends to provide reliable information about mold and its impact on the human body. Avoiding mold exposure from any source is a positive step in maintaining your health. We all understand about mold in our homes and belongings. But you may not have considered that mold can impact your use of Cannabis, even if you are obtaining it in legal ways. Your dispensary may not even be aware that a grower has shipped tainted merchandise.
Mold-Help.org has almost 1,000 posts about mold. It’s important to know what mold is – check out Mold Basis. To fully appreciate the necessity to avoid moldy products of any kind, including food, check out the section on Resources and Tools.
To learn more about the health effects of marijuana, visit the CDC website.