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Mold And Mycotoxins: Cannabis Patients Beware
Most cannabis patients are not overly concerned about the possibility that their medicine may be contaminated with marijuana mold. That’s understandable, since most patients have never experienced the immediate illness and ongoing allergic sensitivity that can result from exposure to mycotoxins. But cannabis, like many other crops, is prone to fungal infections, which often leads to the production of dangerous mycotoxins. Some of these contaminants are known carcinogens, and some can produce potentially lethal allergic reactions.
The United States Food and Drug Administration screens susceptible crops to prevent these toxins from poisoning consumers. Since cannabis remains federally illegal, however, FDA testing does not protect cannabis patients. And the effects of smoking or inhaling common molds, such as mildew, have never been adequately explored.
Steep Hill Halent’s informative article, “Mycotoxins, Mold, and Cannabis” offers an essential warning about the possible health threats associated with untested medicine.