Moldy Weed is a Serious Problem in Nevada

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In Las Vegas, the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board recently issued a public health advisory following some cannabis products testing positive for excessive yeast and mold levels. According to 3 News, these are the products and batch/lot numbers believed to have these issues, and should be mostly recalled:

Product: BUDS – GELATO GLUE – 122320B86 – ABGG02

Batch/Lot: 122320B86 – ABGG02

Product: BUDS – LAST OG – 122320B86 – ABLOG01:

Batch/Lot: 122320B86 – ABLOG01

The board claims that these products were likely sold some time between January 21 and February 19 from the following shops:

  • ShowGrow, 4850 S Fort Apache Rd #100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89147 (license #21647298952036123142)
  • The Apothecary Shoppe, 4240 W Flamingo Rd #100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 (license #01359449685112111637)
  • Wallflower Cannabis House, 6540 Blue Diamond Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89139 (license #23003643426806888206)
  • Greenleaf Wellness, 1730 Glendale Ave Sparks, Nevada 89431 (license #81154974231636348055)
  • Oasis Cannabis Dispensary, 1800 S Industrial Rd #180, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 (license# 55910347793434478299)

If you have purchased any of these potentially contaminated products, it’s best to avoid ingesting them. Regardless of whether you may have bought from these moldy batches, you should still consistently check your cannabis flower for mold.

Why Check Cannabis for Mold?

While it’s easy to find mold on cheese or bread, cannabis is a little more complicated. According to Healthline, moldy cannabis commonly has a grayish-white coating that’s commonly mistaken for trichomes. The main difference is that trichomes look comparable to hairs that shine, while mold has more of a gray or white powdery aesthetic.

If your bud is moldy, it’ll have a noticeable odor to it. More often than not, consumers will notice the mold with their noses before their eyes. The smell is a musty, mildew-like odor. However, it could smell similar to hay.

Is Moldy Cannabis Safe to Smoke?

Don’t worry; if you smoked some moldy cannabis, you’re probably not going to die. However, it’s not something anyone would recommend.

Smoking moldy cannabis could result in several uncomfortable symptoms. The list includes coughing, nausea, and vomiting. However, someone allergic to mold could have more severe side effects, like inflammation of the sinuses or lungs, drainage, congestion, and wheezing.

Herb reported that if a person’s immune system is weak, a lung infection can result from smoking moldy weed. Moldy weed contains compounds called endotoxins and mycotoxins. 

Mycotoxins are compounds found outside of mold spores. These are toxins because they’re damaging to the human body and can trigger inflammation and illness. They’re especially problematic if the body is exposed to them consistently in excessive amounts.

Endotoxins are the molecules bacteria release when they die. These can worsen asthma symptoms and irritate the lungs.

When inhaled together, mycotoxins and endotoxins result in inflammation. Chronic exposure has been linked to aggravated autoimmune conditions and an increased risk of developing a lung infection.

Breathing these toxins in can also contribute to pneumonia. This can then spread throughout the body and cause an assortment of other issues.

So will you die from smoking moldy buds? Probably not. But if you notice your cannabis is moldy, it’s probably best to toss it.

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