As the use and legalization of marijuana and cannabis products continue to grow, it's important to understand the risks of mold and fungal infection on dried weed that you may buy from a store. Mold on dried weed can affect the quality, potency, and safety of your cannabis products. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about preventing and detecting mold on weed.
Detecting mold on weed
If you suspect mold on your weed, there are several signs to look for. Mold on weed can present itself in a variety of ways, including a white powdery mildew coating, grey or grayish fungus, and other visible signs of infection. It can affect the trichomes on the cannabis plant, reducing potency and flavor. Typically, mold growth on weed produces odors that are not commonly associated with the cannabis plant, giving off a musty or damp odor. Therefore, if you weed smells like mildew, it is likely that the weed has been infected with mold, and it's best to avoid smoking it to prevent any potential health risks.
To detect mold on weed, use a magnifying glass to study and inspect the buds for any signs of infection. If you suspect mold, it's important to act quickly to prevent the spread of infection to other products.
What happens if you smoke moldy weed ?
Smoking moldy weed probably won’t kill you, but it’s still not recommended. When mold grows on weed, it can produce mycotoxins, which are toxic substances that can cause a range of health problems when ingested or inhaled. Inhaling mycotoxins can irritate the lungs and respiratory system, causing coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can also lead to chronic respiratory issues and other health complications.
Can you save your weed from mold ?
Dealing with moldy weed can be a challenging situation, and unfortunately, there's not much you can do to fix it. While some may attempt to salvage their cannabis products by trimming away the visibly affected areas, there's a high risk that there are still spores present in the flower, which can be harmful if inhaled. Therefore, it's always better to err on the side of caution and dispose of any moldy weed products to prevent any potential health risks.
Preventing Mold on Weed
Mold on dried weed is often caused by high humidity levels during the drying and storage process, or improper storage conditions.To prevent mold on weed, it's important to store your cannabis products in a cool, dry, and dark place. Cannabis should be kept in the ideal range of 55% - 65% relative humidity based on ASTM standards. We always recommend storing your weed with Boveda as it provides an easy worry free process. Boveda provides two options 58% or 62% RH level depending on personal preferences and the humidty levels of where you live. Additionally, avoid storing your cannabis products in plastic bags, as this can trap moisture and increase the risk of mold growth.
Preventing and detecting mold on dried weed is essential for maintaining the quality and safety of your cannabis products. By storing your cannabis products in the proper conditions like in your Stori and inspecting them regularly, you can help prevent mold growth and protect yourself from potential health risks. Remember to always use proper storage techniques, and to inspect your cannabis products frequently for any signs of mold or fungus. With these tips, you can enjoy high-quality and safe cannabis products free from mold and fungal contamination.