How to tell if your weed is safe

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Cannabis plants are at risk of numerous threats, many of which make the weed problematic for human consumption. Seedsman recently ran a series for growers (‘How to deal with common plant pathogens’), helping to identify and solve some of the most common problems during the growth and flowering stages, but here we present a guide for the consumer to enable you to quickly check whether your buds are safe or not. Pathogens Cannabis plants are vulnerable to numerous different forms of mould which can pounce to destroy crops at any time, so it helps to know the signs of danger. With grey mould and powdery mildew, try to scan the buds closely for signs of abnormal-looking fuzz, or a residue similar in appearance to baking flour. Know  the difference between mould and trichomes, the shimmering crystals which adorn buds and leaves, and produce those delightful terpenes and flavonoids. These glistening hairs are an essential component of the cannabis plant, but will appear different from mould. It’s worthwhile using a magnifying glass to help distinguish between trichomes – which will appear milky, shimmering, and mushroom-capped – and mould, which will be fuzzy, dusty-looking, and can be white, brown, green, gray or black. The smell of the weed is another quick indicator of mould – if it smells damp, or musty, reject it. Mouldy cannabis can be deadly, so take the time to inspect before use. Grit Weed Pathogens are one thing – an avoidable hazard which can manifest  at most any grow site – but there are some underhanded methods used to boost weight or appearance of plants, and they’re all extremely dangerous for the consumer. Some plants have been found to be laced with everything from sand and sugar, to far more troubling additives such as laundry detergent, and silica…

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