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effects of smoking powdery mildew

Moldy cannabis has increasingly become a problem in legal markets. How can you tell if your weed has mold or mildew without forking over thousands of dollars to a lab?

Mildew Kush doesn’t sound appealing, does it? It doesn’t, not just because it’s gross, but because it’s dangerous, too.
Powdery mildew, a form of mold, can sometimes look like dusted kief to the untrained eye. However, closer inspection will reveal the powder isn’t kief at all, but something that resembles sawdust or the dust produced by kicking a puffball mushroom.

Eye-Ball It
Although checking the news for moldy weed may seem dorky, it has worked in the past. In the case of the Canadian recall mentioned earlier, the woman who reported the mold only caught it because she’d read a news story on the topic. She said she never would have checked had she not known mold was even an issue with legal weed.
Again, recognizing mold on weed by eye, even the aided eye, takes some experience. Mold and mildew produce little filaments called hyphae. Hyphae look nothing like the bud’s natural glandular trichomes, so if anything looks out of the ordinary, it might be mold.
Why even care about mold on weed? After all, isn’t mold a source of medicine, just like cannabis?

Of course, no one should ever smoke weed that smells like pee anyway, mildew or otherwise.

Moldy cannabis has increasingly become a problem in legal markets. How can you tell if your weed has mold or mildew without forking over thousands of dollars to a lab?

Effects of smoking powdery mildew

If you smoke moldy weed the spores can settle into your lungs and grow large mold balls, which are hard to get rid of and sometimes have to be removed surgically.

Aspergillosis could be treated by surgical resection and associated with systemic antifungal therapy. You don’t definitely don’t want to go there!!
“We raided 30 grow operations and took a total of 407 fungal spore samples. Two independent types of tests identified elevated fungal spore levels, especially during the removal of plants from the Ops. In some cases, after plant removal, spore counts increased to levels above 50,000 spores/ per cubic meter, with one sample over 500,000 spores per cubic meter. There is no question that some growers are poisoning their customers with mold and their toxic biochemical by-products.” – Health and Safety Expert (paraphrase)

When you smoke moldy Pot, however, we’re talking about sucking in thousands or millions of spores (and their associated metabolic toxins), that your immune system has to deal with. What’s more, those spores can make a home in the far reaches of your lungs. For example, a common mold called Aspergillus infests most vegetable matter, leather, fibers, and Marijuana. Just give Asper a chance to grow and it will take over, unless you kill it, with sunlight, UV, dehumidify and some other way.
Some Molds and aflatoxins are more toxic in edible form, so using moldy Cannabis in edibles is no solution. Don’t do it. Some people think that using a water pipe can help remove mold from the smoke. They are right, but about 15% is removed to bongs are not a viable solution.
So when you smoke a high quality Marijuana strain, you will inhale a couple of random spores. This is not an issue. Your body can easily handle this kind of “natural” level of exposure.
Features of Moldy Weed
Mold needs 10% humidity to survive. Growers should harvest, whenever possible when it’s dry. Plants should be ventilated several days before making hay. Cut plants can be dried or cured in jars. Be careful if you try and rehydrate over dried buds, adding too much water will make for a perfect breeding ground for mold.

“Either way, don’t smoke it. Smoking moldy weed could leave you with a headache, systemic fungal infection, or nothing. Best not to risk it for a bag of grass.” – T1000

Did you know that smoking moldy weed can make your symptoms and conditions worse? While patients receive relief from pain and anxiety, fungus, mold and mildew