Know Before You Buy

CBD, CBG Flower – Know Before You Buy 

Indoor vs Outdoor 

All of our products are organically grown outdoors. Indoor grows use up valuable natural resources. Lights, fans, and lots of other artificial gadgets are not what we consider environmentally friendly and lead to many pest problems due to the perfect conditions they are grown in. Perfect conditions for plants create the same conditions for pests. Many indoor growers have turned to ladybugs, or other predatory bugs to help solve the pesticide use, but our experience of has shown that the amount of predator bugs needed, leave a lot of excrement on the product. Greenhouses also produce large quantities of methane, ethylene and Bisphenol A (BPA). 

Pesticide Usage 

We use NO pesticides period. We feel our duty as growers is to educate you of what you are actually purchasing, not just what it says on the label. There are those that buy pesticides from other states, to avoid testing for that specific pesticide in the state in which they are growing. We are of the opinion that organic pesticides are not necessarily any safer than inorganic pesticides for ingestible products, especially when smoking or vaporizing, as many chemical changes occur.  

Molds & Fungicides Issues: 

Relative Humidity, or RH, represents the amount of moisture in the air relative to the amount of moisture the air is physically capable of holding at that temperature. This is what makes your product smoke nice and smoothly, instead of that harsh feeling. Terpenes are what give cannabis its flavors and aromas. Too low RH causes the terpenes to break down leaving you with no or little flavor or nose. Many scientists agree that one of these terpenes called myrcene is at least partially responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of hemp. If the terpenes deteriorate, so will the benefit. If your RH is too high, generally considered to be over 65%, mold and bacteria, such as Aspergillus, E. coli, and Salmonella are more likely to grow. This can be problematic causing illness for healthy people, especially when people are using hemp for medical purposes, and can be far worse for those with auto immune system problems and can cause fatal lung disease. 

Molds forming in the field may visually ruin only a few plants, but it spreads massive numbers of spores over the entire crop. A grower has a couple of choices to combat this issue while it’s in the field, one is to use a fungicide, either organic (natural) or one of the various chemical fungicides. To be honest, who says that this fungicide, either organic or chemical is healthy for you? After all, arsenic and mercury are organic. This mold may infect the rest of the field, or in the very least, anything in close proximity will now have way more than the normal average of mold spores present and this may present a health hazard. Most areas get weather during harvest. If the plants aren’t pruned and thinned out, they are very susceptible to molds. Molds can also occur during the drying process. Lack of airflow and plants being packed too closely together can cause a humidity buildup, which in turn allows molds to grow. Mold spores then literally cover everything in the drying area. Simply tossing out the product with obvious mold issues does not get rid of it all. Molds can occur during the curing and the storage processes as well. This occurs when product that is too damp, and is placed into airtight containers. 

Unless you purchase from small boutique farms, you are most likely buying mass produced, flash dried biomass flower that was machine trimmed and was inorganically grown and who know what it’s been fed, or what chemicals were used on it. While third party labs for Potency, and Terpene content are common, the most important ones are the Mycotoxins, Pesticides and Heavy Metals. 

CBD and CBG products are still unregulated, and illegal in interstate commerce. 

Due to CBD and CBG’s high monetary value potential, the FDA has been forced to issue several warning letters to companies and individuals marketing CBD products, which for the most part, include foods and oils. The FDA has tested several of these products and they do not contain the the levels of CBD claimed by the manufacturers. None-the-less, the vast majority are still not being caught up with and the market abounds with “snake oils”, for both human and pet consumption. Only god knows what is in many of these concoctions, or if they are even clean. Be very careful, keeping in mind that many of these incredible-sounding testimonials are marketing materials meant to lure consumers into buying their products. 

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  1. After being in the mmj biz for many years, I’m convinced that this new occurrence of pot allergies is from molds and pesticides. More people need to know this.

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