Both Medical Marijuana & CBD Oil are being touted as a natural alternative to conventional medications. But, are it really natural? It’s no secret that there are both Marijuana & Hemp growers out there who use Pesticides. So, whether you’re using Medical Marijuana or CBD Oil, you want to make sure that it’s been tested for pesticides.
There are health risk associated with associated with pesticides, plain and simple.
It’s not a one and done deal. It’s not like you get a one time exposure to pesticides and it’s going to do you in. Instead, it’s an ongoing process in which continual exposure to low levels of pesticides accumulate in your body, usually your fatty tissues. And, over time, the likelihood getting certain medical problems goes up.
These medical problems include, cancer – breast, lung, multiple myeloma, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, ovary, pancreas, prostate, kidney, bladder, stomach, colon, rectal, brain, testicular.
The accumulation of pesticides in your body also raises the likelihood of obesity, type 2 Diabetes, neuropathy, mood disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, asthma, and allergies.
And, there’s even greater concern with marijuana and CBD products. Based on extensive research, the Cannabis Safety Institute found that the average levels of pesticide residue found in Cannabis concentrates was higher than that found in Cannabis flowers.
If you think about it, this makes sense. The processes that concentrate the cannabinoids also concentrate the pesticides. Most marijuana & CBD products are essentially made from a series of processes that concentrate the Cannabinoids, and so it’s also likely that any pesticides used to grow the hemp & marijuana are also likely to get concentrated.
So, ultimately, you want to make sure that your medical marijuana or CBD Oil has been tested for pesticides. How?
- Ask for laboratory test results.
- Make sure the medical marijuana or CBD Oil has been tested by a third-party independent lab, preferably one that’s licensed or certified by the state, not a private lab.
- Look to make sure that the medical marijuana & CBD Oil has been tested for pesticides.
The Cannabis Safety Institute recommends testing for 123 target pesticides. And, they came up with this list based on extensive research, including the likelihood of them being used, the likelihood of causing toxicity, and the likelihood of their availability. From a practical standpoint, present day it may not be possible to for labs to test for all 123 of these pesticides.
But, it’s important to make sure that your Medical Marijuana or CBD Oil has been tested for at least 2 pesticides in particular: Bifenazate and Myclobutanil. These are 2 of the most commonly detected pesticides on Cannabis per the Cannabis Safety Institute.
And, if the company is in anyway skirting around being transparent with lab test results, then I’d say it’s a no-go. You have plenty of other options when it comes to medical marijuana & CBD Oil.