Mold will never be a welcomed sight — even when it’s used to make medicine or a delectable wheel of blue cheese. Simply put, we don’t like it on our food, in our bathrooms, or growing on our cannabis for two very good reasons: it’s disgusting and dangerous.
Consuming mold-infested cannabis can have some pretty nasty side effects, but how can you tell if your weeds been compromised?
While all government dispensaries require lab testing to regulate marijuana sales that are supposed to check for contaminants like mold and mildew, batches of moldy weed are still managing to find their way into customers’ hands.
If you want to educate yourself about how to steer clear of moldy weed, how to identify it, and how to prevent it, keep reading!
What is Moldy Weed?
Mold is a type of fungus that spreads easily, thrives in moist environments, and is regularly found inside the home and on food. Unfortunately, mold can be harmful to your health, especially when exposed to large amounts because they release airborne spores that end up getting inhaled.
Those that are sensitive or have an allergy to mold can get severely ill or even die if they get exposed to large amounts, and smoking weed is no different.
The mold that is found on marijuana is the exact same type of mold that forms on all plants (Penicillium, Mucor, Cladosporium, Botrytis, and Rhizopus).
They take root in humid environments that aren’t properly ventilated, and in regards to cannabis mold, it typically forms because growers haven’t dried it correctly. If the grow room is too humid, mold can grow. If it’s too wet before storing, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold to propagate.
Unfortunately, mold spores are pretty hearty and can be very hard to kill. They can survive the intense blasts of heat from your lighter if you smoke it — so if you find yourself with a moldy stash — trash it instead of stashing it.
What Will Happen if You Smoke Moldy Weed?
If you smoke moldy marijuana, you’ll inhale whatever fungus is there, and deliver it directly into your lungs. If you or someone you’re smoking with has a compromised immune system, there is an increased risk of developing a lung infection or pneumonia. If you have an allergy to mold like penicillin — it could put you into anaphylactic shock or kill you.
Bottom line: moldy weed can’t be fixed and needs to be thrown away, even if you’re healthy as a horse.
How To Check For Moldy Weed
Luckily, there are many ways to help you determine if your cannabis is mold-free or not and how to ensure you have fresh access to fresh green.