What Is Grit Weed, and Why Must You Get Rid of It Now?
One of the biggest dangers when shopping on the black market is the possibility of buying contaminated weed. After all, it isn’t as if you can report the seller to the police! In recent years, the dreaded ‘grit weed’ has returned to rear its ugly head. It is the practice of adding garbage to marijuana to increase the weight. Sadly, smoking it is potentially harmful to your health.
What Is Grit Weed?
It is a specific name for a type of contaminated marijuana. Grit weed is cannabis laced with silica glass. The goal of the dealer is to make the product heavier so they can sell more. It was a significant problem in the United Kingdom around a decade ago. Users discovered a quick way to determine if they had grit weed; they rubbed their buds on glass. If it scraped, they knew it was tainted and could toss it in the bin.
Occasionally, you’ll get herb with sand or sugar. As annoying as that is, it is far better than sprayed weed involving silica! What’s worse is that the process makes it look as if crystals cover your cannabis. Another method of checking is to chew a small nug. If it feels like you’re eating sand, don’t smoke it!
We have heard of some horror stories involving the use of grit weed. In some instances, users lose their voice, cough up blood, and end up in the hospital. Even if you don’t suffer such a dramatic decline in health, you will likely need to see several specialists. If it happens in the United States, you can expect an expensive medical bill.
Why would dealers do such a thing? To make money, of course! Sadly, black market sellers don’t care about the health of their clients. Many of them have mastered the art of making their grit weed look like high-quality herb. UK dealers occasionally spray the plants with the reflective element from paint used on road lines! One can imagine what inhaling such a substance does to your lungs!
Grit weed isn’t the only form of contaminated cannabis. Indeed, there are a myriad of ways in which marijuana becomes tainted. Here are five of the most common.
1 – Residual Solvents
This form of contamination relates to cannabis and hemp oil. Manufacturers extract the plant’s cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes in the form of oil. You can then vape it (if it includes thinning agents), or drop it in food. You can even place it beneath your tongue and hold it before swallowing.
There is a reason why supercritical CO2 extraction is considered the ‘gold standard.’ This process uses carbon dioxide as the solvent. As a result, nothing is left behind after the extraction process. It is a different matter when you use a solvent such as butane, however. Even the best attempts will likely leave traces of solvent behind. On occasion, your oil could also include chemicals from cleaning the extraction equipment!
2 – Pesticides
Unfortunately, money talks, and pesticide use is rampant in the food industry. You are mistaken if you think all cannabis is grown organically! Growers are frightened of losing their crop to pests such as aphids and spider mites. As a consequence, they add pesticides to protect their harvest.
Unfortunately, certain pesticides can linger even when the flower is dried and cured. Breathing in these particles can damage the throat, nose, and lungs. Reputable sellers use spectrometers to test for pesticides such as etoxazole and imidacloprid.
3 – Fungus
While many cases of contamination come from the black market, even weed from licensed dispensaries isn’t always ‘pure.’ A study by Thompson et al., published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection in April 2017, found out something disturbing. The researchers discovered evidence of different fungi on cannabis purchased from a legal Californian dispensary.
The most common fungi are grey mold and powdery mildew. You can spot such contamination by checking for white fuzz on the nugs. We urge you not to use any cannabis with traces of mold.
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4 – Bacteria
The Thompson study also found a variety of gram-negative bacilli in dispensary cannabis. This MMJ contained E. coli and other harmful bacteria. The best way to test for bacteria is via microbial testing. While today’s dispensary marijuana is better than ever, it still pays to keep an eye for any potential contaminants.
5 – General Contamination
As you can see, there are several ways in which cannabis becomes contaminated during the growing and extraction processes. However, you are also at the mercy of the individuals who handle the herb. In legal states, it is less of an issue because dispensaries risk their reputation. It is in their best interest to sell you high-quality marijuana. Otherwise, they will lose business and eventually shut down.
There are no such protections on the black market. Dealers seeking to increase profits will add whatever they can to your cannabis. This is one of the many reasons why we MUST fully legalize weed. However, many legal states don’t yet require testing for harmful chemicals, pesticides, and fungi. If you live in such a location, find a dispensary you can trust, and shop nowhere else.
How Do I Know if My Cannabis Is Contaminated?
The contamination of cannabis is no laughing matter. It is essential for you to learn how to spot it before it damages your health. As we mentioned earlier, you can test for grit weed by chewing a small piece. The main alternative is rubbing it against glass and listening for a scraping sound.
A similar tactic is to grind the weed to create kief. Place it on a clean surface and roll a glass over it. If you hear cracking or scratching sounds, it is probably laced with silica. One cool method involves using a blank CD – if such a device exists anymore! Rub the kief on the CD and see if it causes any scratches.
It isn’t easy to spot grit weed because the glass particles are usually no more than 0.02mm or 0.03mm across. One positive piece of information came from a consultant at Imperial College London many years ago. He said that particles bigger than 0.015mm would not get into the lungs. Instead, they would deposit in the mouth and throat. The consultant claimed that using a filter would stop the particles even getting into the mouth.
Of course, there are other ways for marijuana to become toxic. You can use all five senses to differentiate ‘good’ weed from ‘bad.’ We have already covered ‘hearing,’ so let’s check out the other four.
1 – Sight
Experienced users will likely spot contaminated cannabis a mile away. If you see white powdery speckles or green/gray fuzz, the plant probably has mold or mildew. You can also take a quick joint or bong hit and examine the ashes. Toxic marijuana often forms ‘hard’ ash that is often extremely black. It also remains in place when you tap a joint on the edge of your ashtray.
2 – Smell
The terpenes in marijuana help provide a unique scent for every strain. In general, you will get a musky and occasionally sweet aroma. If your weed smells damp or far too sweet, there is every chance it is moldy or otherwise contaminated. Dried buds that smell like freshly cut grass are also worth avoiding. It is a sign that the grower didn’t dry and cure them properly.
If you don’t trust your sense of smell, make things a little easier. Put the cannabis in a clean Ziploc bag. Next, stick your nose inside and take a deep breath. If you are a regular weed user, you will know what scent to expect. Be wary of any herb that has an unusual aroma such as that of perfume.
3 – Touch
Place the herb between your fingers. If it feels crispy and dry, it doesn’t have mold though this isn’t a guarantee of being free from contamination. If it feels spongy and damp, it is likely riddled with mold. You should also avoid cannabis with a powdery texture because it probably means a dealer has added something else.
4 – Taste
When you smoke your marijuana, it should offer a natural taste. Again, experienced users know what we are talking about. Also, read our list of cannabis strain reviews to learn what to expect. If the weed gives an unusual ‘chemical’ taste, there is likely something wrong. Unless, of course, it is a rare strain that is supposed to provide such a weird flavor!
Another tactic is to place your tongue on the bud. If it has an excessively sweet taste, it is probably coated with sugar. The cannabis is also likely contaminated if it has an unduly harsh taste that causes you to cough relentlessly. Again, strains such as Strawberry Cough do this naturally, so read our strain reviews to learn more!
The Danger of Contaminated Weed
We hope that readers already understand the harm caused by marijuana toxicity. If you consume contaminated cannabis, you may experience severe chest pains. In some instances, a failure to treat these symptoms could prove fatal. If you don’t believe us, check out the vaping epidemic happening in the United States!
The CDC has confirmed more than 60 fatalities linked with vaping products. In practically every case, the victim has consumed THC vape-liquid purchased from a black-market source. Vitamin E acetate is a likely culprit. However, these illegal oils also contained a myriad of harmful chemicals. Aside from the deaths, over 2,700 users spent time in a hospital.
You may also get an allergic reaction from using contaminated weed. Have you ever experienced an itchy throat, eye inflammation, or excessive mucus production after using marijuana? Is this a normal reaction for you, or was it a one-time thing? If it is the former, you probably shouldn’t use cannabis! If it is the latter, you likely had an allergic reaction to the contaminants.
It is hopefully apparent to you what using tainted products such as grit weed does to your lungs and overall health. Bacteria and fungi such as mucor, fusarium, and penicillium can do severe damage to the respiratory system. Another common pesticide, myclobutanil, could cause the following side effects:
- Abdominal pain
- Eye irritation
When myclobutanil is heated, it becomes hydrogen cyanide. Does it sound ominous? It should! The Nazis used it in their gas chambers. The deadly chemical was also used during the massacre at Jonestown. In high concentrations, it is lethal. Side effects include:
- Respiratory difficulty
Light a joint with myclobutanil-tainted cannabis, and you can imagine what happens next.
Bottom Line on Grit Weed
Ultimately, consuming toxic weed is a practice that could see you end up in a hospital, or worse. It is essential to understand precisely what you are smoking. There are thousands of studies that show marijuana itself isn’t harmful in moderate doses. Research also suggests that consuming a toxic amount is almost impossible.
Alas, the picture changes when you add contaminated weed to the mix. Suddenly, your ‘relaxing’ habit could become extremely dangerous to your health. If you live in California, there is good news. The state requires testing for harmful chemicals, pesticides, and fungi. You can walk into a licensed dispensary and purchase weed with confidence.
Other legal states don’t have mandatory testing. However, legal dispensaries will soon go out of business if they sell tainted products. As such, you are likely to find good-quality herb in such locations. Those buying on the black market face an array of risks. It is challenging to uncover contaminated weed without lab testing. However, you give yourself a fighting chance by following our advice above.
If you buy your cannabis on the black market, you risk purchasing something known as 'grit weed.' Here's how to recognize and avoid it.
Cannabis Contaminants & How to Tell If Cannabis Is Laced
Prohibitive drug policy has a lot of negative consequences, including contamination. Luckily, as cannabis legalization continues, it’s becoming less likely to encounter contaminated cannabis. Occasionally contaminated cannabis or ‘grit weed’ does still crop up, and it’s best to know what’s in your buds and how to be sure.
The most common cannabis contaminants are industrial ones, which are virtually impossible to detect without a third-party laboratory analysis. However, these contaminants are a side-effect of the legalization of cannabis (growing in large scale operations). The illegal drug market on the other hand occasionally produces ‘laced’ cannabis, which is contaminated with substances used to make the bud look or feel stronger but may have negative impacts on health.
The only real way to avoid contaminated cannabis is knowing what kinds of contaminants are used and how to identify them visually and with tactile inspection.
Different kinds of cannabis contaminants
There are different ways to detect a contaminant depending on which one is used. The most common contaminants are Brix, sand, sugar and hairspray. They are all used to make a lower-quality batch of cannabis look better than it really is by making it heavier or “stickier” to the touch.
Aside from this, there are also industrial contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals. It is very difficult for the regular consumer to identify these contaminants, which is why many companies provide third-party analyses on their products. Most contaminants, whether industrial or otherwise, generally decrease the quality of the overall cannabis experience and might even pose health risks to those who consume them.
1. Sand as a cannabis contaminant
When growing outdoors, attachments of sand and soil cannot always be avoided, especially not as the plant gets stickier while flowering. Sometimes, small materials such as sand can remain in the transportation medium such as a plastic bag. Nevertheless, cannabis is often intentionally contaminated with sand or quartz sand. This may make the bud appear more trichome-rich and may also make the bud heavier.
Inhalation of quartz (cristaline silica dust) or sand poses a threat of silicosis, a form of pneumoconiosis, which is a serious lung disease causing inflammation in the upper lobes of the lungs. However, onset of silicosis is usually only caused after large amounts are inhaled and over an extended period of time.
2. Sugar as a cannabis contaminant
Cannabis that tastes sweeter than usual could be infused with sugar. Standard glucose tests available in pharmacies using small paper strips can detect this instantly. Sugar is a commonly used as an “extender”, giving the plant more dry weight so that dealers can profit.
The sugar is dissolved in boiling water which, when it has cooled, is sprayed on the plants. The water evaporates leaving a sticky layer. If white sugar has been used, the buds may have a very pale appearance; brown sugar is also used as it appears closer in colour to mature trichomes.
Sugar is sometimes used to enhance tobacco smoking and is frequently added to tobacco during the manufacturing process. Thus, the effect of sugar inhalation has been examined in the context of tobacco smoking. Smoking sugars increases the levels if formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acetone, acrolein and 2-furfural in tobacco smoke and significantly contribute to the adverse effects of smoking tobacco.
Although this has not been confirmed in the context of cannabis, it can be hypothesized that inhalation of sugar contaminants may cause many unwanted health effects for consumers.
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3. Brix fertilizers used to “extend” cannabis
The true meaning of “Brix” is a unit of measurement to measure the weight of certain sugars and carbohydrates in plants. All plants require a certain degree of sugar and carbohydrates in order to grow and survive, and this includes cannabis. Certain chemical fertilizers are manufactured for the purpose of increasing Brix and therefore encouraging a growth spurt.
Brix fertilizers are sometimes used as a means of increasing the weight of cannabis. The buds are supposedly dipped in this fertilizer after harvest and then hung up to dry. Doing so makes the buds heavier and therefore the dealer has a greater profit margin.
It is very difficult to identify Brix as a contaminant as it is virtually invisible. However, buds may burn harshly and users may notice a chemical-like taste from buds that are laced with Brix fertilizers.
4. Hairspray as a cannabis contaminant
Hairspray is often used as a means of preserving old, dried out cannabis. This was perfectly exemplified prior to the renovation of the Sensi Seed Bank, where customers could see long colas that were perfectly preserved with hairspray.
Hairspray is also sometimes used to increase the aesthetic value of cannabis. Buds appear shinier, stickier and overall, stronger.
Naturally, hairspray is not recommended for inhalation. It is flammable for starters, and secondly, contains harsh chemicals that should not be consumed orally let alone inhaled. It is often easier to detect hairspray compared to other contaminants as it has a strong, chemically perfumed fragrance. Hair-sprayed buds also are prone to becoming hard and compact.
5. Industrial contaminants: fertilizers and pesticide
Fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides are often used in the growing process to protect against certain pests and stem rot. Although they are used for better growth, they often negatively affect the user of the final product and the natural environment. It is virtually impossible without third-party laboratory testing to identify the presence of fertilizers and pesticides. They are invisible to the naked eye and sometimes don’t even affect the taste of cannabis.
Pyrethrins (insecticides for plant protection and crop spraying) potentially lead to neurotoxicity (damage of the nervous system). They may also provoke serious asthma-related symptoms, although the connection between pyrethrins and asthma is yet to be confirmed.
Industrial contaminants are somewhat of a by-product of the legal cannabis industry. In order to maximize plant yield, deter pests and increase profitability, chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used. These contaminants are not characteristic of the black market for cannabis, although some clandestine growers will use such contaminants.
Industrial contaminants can be removed to a certain degree using a technique called flushing. This means that for the last stage of plant life, plants are not given fertilizers or nutrients but simply water, allowing the plant to flush itself from any nutrients or chemicals remaining in the flowers. However, this does not eliminate all contaminants and isn’t the most efficient method.
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6. Lead splinters and lead dust
Lead, as a heavy metal, is intensely hazardous to health and therefore perhaps the most dangerous substance added to cannabis. Extremely difficult to spot with the naked eye because of their dark colour, lead splinters can only be identified under a microscope (a small pocket microscope for example).
Lead poisoning can lead to damage of the central and peripheral nervous system. It may affect the brain, liver, kidneys and bones and is particularly dangerous to an unborn foetus. Apart from a few exceptions, lead compounds are rated as hazardous to reproduction.
In 2007, the German city Leipzig reported 597 cases of users that smoked lead contaminated cannabis. Around 163 consumers had lead intoxication that necessitated treatment and 73 users had lead concentrations that required monitoring. Out of 160, 113 consumers were in need of medical treatment, and 35 were hospitalized. Lead is stored in the teeth and bones and can therefore take a long time to successfully flush it out of the body (sometimes up to 37 years). This video shows George Wurth from DHV (Deutscher Hanf Verband = German Hemp Alliance) giving a statement about cannabis lead contamination (available in German only).
7. Fungus as a cannabis contaminant
Mouldy and musty smelling, fungus infested cannabis is relatively easy to identify. Based on the degree of moulding, the cannabis can show white, furry dots. Mouldy cannabis usually occurs during the grow cycle or as a result of poorly stored and cured cannabis buds.
Mould spores can be threatening, especially for users that already suffer from allergies or asthma, or have a weak immune system. Also people with no previous health issues can experience symptoms like breathing problems, mucous membrane irritation and headaches.
8. Glass and glass splinters in cannabis
Pieces of glass in cannabis, mostly of industrial origin, can generally not be found with the naked eye, but they can be seen with a (pocket) microscope.
High temperatures (through burning) cause the glass particles to burst, whereby sharp-edged fragments can develop. Once in the respiratory system, they can cause damage from minute cuts. Scarring on the wounded tissue can lead to the lung disease silicosis, but only when cannabis contaminated with glass is being consumed continuously.
9. Talcum powder to change the appearance of cannabis
Talc is a matt white mineral that feels greasy, and is therefore often called soapstone. Cannabis coated with talcum powder is supposed to look more resinous and heavy, but it turns much lighter in colour also. Furthermore, it loses the typical cannabis smell.
Talc dust affects the respiratory system and bronchial tubes in a negative way. Excessive inhalation of talcum powder may cause respiratory illnesses such as pulmonary talcosis.
How do I know if my cannabis is contaminated?
Now that you know some of the common contaminants that can be found in cannabis, you are better equipped to pinpoint cannabis that has been laced. You have five senses, and if you can use all of them to inspect a piece of cannabis, you should.
1. Visual inspection
Before consuming a new batch of cannabis, be sure to closely inspect the bud, using a magnifying glass if necessary. Look out for whitish crystalline substances (that are NOT trichomes—the difference can be negligible with some higher-quality contaminants, so be careful!), as well as stems that appear to be caked in a foreign substance. Stems can often be a clearer indication of contaminants, as the fine particles can often be hidden among the irregular surface of the buds themselves.
Visual inspection should help you identify sugar or glass granules on the bud, as well as any mould or fungus that might be hiding in the bud or on the stems.
2. Tactile inspection
Rub a piece of bud or stalk between your fingers to test for the presence of spray. You may feel a chalky, dry texture, as well as individual grains of grit, glass or sugar. As well as using your fingers, you can also touch the tip of your tongue to the bud and then rub your tongue along your lips or the roof of your mouth to test for grainy substances. Be careful not to swallow any contaminants, as they could be harmful.
3. Taste and smell
The taste and smell of cannabis can tell a lot about which contaminants, if any, are present in the bud. However, you don’t always want to wait until smoking it to detect contaminants. You can smell the bud for anything that smells perfume-like in the way hairspray would smell perfume-like. You can also put your tongue on the bud. If it tastes sweeter than usual, it may be sugar coated.
4. Other methods of detection
- If you have already begun smoking a joint, you may assess the quality of the smoke itself. If the smoke is particularly harsh and chemical, it may indicate the presence of contaminants. As well as sprayed contaminants, it may also indicate mould or excessive, unflushed nutrients.
- Either way, if your bud tastes particularly bad or harsh, it may very well contain chemicals harmful to your health. Well-flushed, professionally grown cannabis should have a clean, juicy taste, so always pay attention to the flavour.
- Another very important means of detection is checking your ash. Some common contaminants, particularly building grit, cause the ash of cannabis joints to become hard and compacted, so that when the joint is tapped the ash remains in place. Such ash may also be very dark in colour, although this is not always the case.
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General tips for detecting laced cannabis
Enlightenment and education – both Sensi Seeds goals – are crucial for protecting the consumer in all matters of cannabis. Listed below are a few general tips that can help recognize contaminated or laced cannabis and, hopefully, prevent the consumption of contaminated marijuana. Exercise caution when:
- the buds are suspiciously heavy
- the cannabis burns through like a sparkler or Shisha coal after lighting it up
- the burning tip of the joint gives off sparks
- a chemical, plastic-like smell develops while burning
- ash residues are hard and black and turn oily and greasy after light pressure
- the buds are particularly white and look coated in a crystalline or shiny substance
- buds are particularly crumbly and fluffy, and fall apart easily
- the buds do not dry out when kept exposed to air
- residue can be found in the packaging: granulate material, crystals, and sandy, powdery substances
Anytime cannabis is purchased, it should be examined for contaminants. Knowing that contaminated cannabis still circulates the market and that there are ways to identify it helps consumers to err on the side of caution when purchasing cannabis.
Help and information
Because of the illegal drugs trade, people injured by contaminated cannabis cannot just return or complain about their cannabis, or hold the seller accountable. That’s why it is crucial for users to be informed.
For this reason the DHV maintains an extender detector – a database of known contaminants – and an online platform on which victims can report their experiences.
The Cannabis College Amsterdam, a non-profit information centre based in the heart of Amsterdam, gives advice about everything related to the subject of cannabis. They also educate visitors about cannabis extenders and their dangers to health.
Several drug checking initiatives in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands offer the option of having drugs checked for certain substances such as cocaine, MDMA and ketamine. However, other substances such as magic mushrooms, cannabis and smart-products are not tested.
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Approach to solving the problem of contamination
The legalization of cannabis is one approach to solving the problem of contamination. Theoretically, in a properly regulated system, plants could be cultivated under supervision and regulation. Consumers could obtain information and receive training. Production, distribution and consumption would be aligned with legislation.
The lawgiver would have more control over the quality of cannabis through decriminalisation and regulation of the industry as a whole.
Ultimately, the general legal cultivation of the plant for personal use, whether for medicinal or recreational reasons, would be a meaningful action in order to prevent the dangers of extenders in cannabis. All in all, these are qualities of a properly designed legal cannabis system.
30 thoughts on “Cannabis Contaminants & How to Tell If Cannabis Is Laced”
When I smoke certain weed from a certain place it leaves a disgusting film in my mouth. Not normal cotton mouth. Almost chemical. Could it be that they used hair spray or other chemicals?
Damn and I just bought $300 worth of product from one of my local dispensaries! I knew there was something up though when the bud was hard as a rock, very crumbly, didnt smell like marijuana either when I burned it, which now my lungs are hurting. So, I basically got ripped off, and am out all that money now, that sucks! Thanks!
What about the ones spraying reggie to trick their customers to think they’re buying loud!
Please could you tell us what reggie is? It sounds bad! I’ve never hear the word used in this context, but I haven’t lived in the UK for over 20 years so I’m out of the loop with quite a lot of things!
With best wishes,
Does anyone have any info on Thai cannabis/ weed?
You might find this post interesting: Cannabis in Thailand.
With best wishes,
BRIX is a term used to describe the sugar content of a plant – high brix content means high grade plant material, low brix content means poor quality plant material.
But there is also a product called Brix+ which is a sugar/plastic based substance used as a foliar spray to increase weight of buds and decreases the shrinkage of buds when they dry out, so they look like big fat buds but dont chop out to many bowls.
Is snake oil, you spray sugar on your plants and it drys out adding weight to the buds and makes them look as if they are covered in amber trycs
I am very thankful to you.This information very helps full.
I am having a bad problem with some bud. It has a heavy smell of what i think is a chemical smell. Has anyone else ever had this problem? When harvested, the plants smell amazing, and like they are supposed to. But once they are dried, its horrible. They are flushed prior to harvest, and washed once cut. Someone please help.
Unfortunately, legal restrictions mean we can’t answer grow related questions or give grow advice on this blog. However, we do have the Sensi Seeds Forum where you can ask questions and share your experiences with a thriving community of cannabis and gardening enthusiasts, so please don’t hesitate to join the community!
With best wishes,
I am a conscious gardener.. what I have learned from being a Landscape and vegetable gardener is to know your farmer, landscaper, marijuana grower well.
A good tip is to get your weed from a small grower who you know doesn’t not spray their plants. Smaller more monitored rooms are less likely to need sprays. A am one of those growers. Happy to grow chemical free weed. I guess my answer may be obvious, and it’s probably not easy to find someone who doesn’t need to spread their plants. But those of you who are consumers should voice your concerns to grower that you don’t want weed that has been sprayed.
be aware there are Organic growers that use sprays that are concidered organic, in my opinion I wouldn’t want to smoke weed even if the spray is organic.
The goverments are evil.. They know damn well how harmless natural organic cannabis is and never ever legalized it. Now with this monsanto dupont strains beeing pushed, it became legal.. Uruguya is the first country that fully legalized cannabis, no wonder since they are the first labrats testing this MONSANTO crap!! Agaian, the goverments has sinister plans for cannabis users… TIME TO PROTEST WORLDWIDE! Also against all these illegal wars, just like out parents did during the 60’s / 70’s
Grow your own.. Enough is enough..
Hi, Brix is a sugar index rating of juices, pulled from a refractometer,you are referring to the Brix+ sugar-water product. Brix itself is good, as long as it is natural to the plant and not just sugar from a bottle. Brix is why people grow in soil va hydroponic.
I dont think I’ll be using Sensi seeds ever, they seem ill informed on the subject of growing, if they don’t know what Brix is. Let me assist with a copy/paste:
Brix+, AN Budcandy, Botanicare Sweet Raw/Citrus/Grape, GH Floranectar FruitnFusion/BlueberryDream/BananaBliss/PineappleRush/Coconut
CuttingEdge SourDee/Sugaree, Grotek PinaColada/Grapefruit/Blueberry/Strawberry/GreenApple Final Flush.
This is just a small taste of the fake-scent sugar-water products used on LEGAL, STATE APPROVED MEDICAL CANNABIS.
These products are mostly plant esters from industry scraps (peels, rinds) and simple sugars (table sugar) that soak right into the roots and into the plant fiber. These products contain other ingredients that may or may not assist your crop, mainly included to sell the idea that this is a fertilizer/nutrient supplement. It is not. It is a direct contaminant/adulterant.
The bottled product gives the plant the same exact smell of the product. A direct transfer, no chemical reactions or anything. The sugar adds useless sandbag weight, it does not increase yield. It inflames premature buds and gives them a whitish, frostier appearance. It hides minor cases of mold.
The growers who use this stuff are convinced by the fact that they waste so much money trusting opportunist salesmen.. Its a horrible case of debt induced delusion. It is absolutely no different than spraying your buds with honey water, or Coca-Cola. Youre just buying it premixed and sending it up the root for complete absorption.
When I lived in Northern California and Oregon, fruity strains tasted absolutely amazing. When I moved to Colorado/Az, I discovered the fake weed. Spending meticulous hours cleaning my vaporizers,and tossing more “Cannabis” in the trash than I was consuming. The state health departments do not care one bit.
Not only is the marijuana contaminated with fruit scented sugar water, it is contaminated with nut products and lactose products,in the form of mold hiding sprays and feeds. I have seen ONE peanut allergy warning. I have no idea why peanuts are being used, but Neem nut oil is on a large percentage of legal market Cannabis, as a mold deterrent. Many dispensaries pass the smell of processed Neem oil and rotted milk spray off as terpenes.
Those are not the only unnatural smells found in legal medical Cannabis. A lot of the product can be seperated into groups by the line of nutrient it was grown with. I call smell Botanicare PBR on a large portion of the flowers. Several others I can group but have yet to identify. The smell and color can be consistently seperated in some dispensaries, the buds are so heavily contaminated.
Not much else to say. Its illegal to grow your own MMJ in Arizona, where this problem is worst. Arizona dispensaries have the worst Cannabis I’ve ever experienced. That is including tons of bricked up seeded import. Hardly any of it taste like Cannabis varietals. It all taste like lawn clippings and grow products. I suggest people grow their own despite the illegality of home production.
This is what legalization gets us. Smart people were asking for decriminalization. The corporations sponsored legalization. The retailers grow the product themselves, they have exclusive production rights and zero regulations. It is absolutely disgusting on all accounts!
Thanks for your comment. This sentence: “Brix is a sugar index rating of juices, pulled from a refractometer,you are referring to the Brix+ sugar-water product. Brix itself is good, as long as it is natural to the plant and not just sugar from a bottle. Brix is why people grow in soil va hydroponic.” does not entirely make sense; in Europe, where Sensi Seeds is based, the product is referred to as Brix and I am unfamiliar with the “sugar rating” you refer to by that name.
Interesting to hear about the contaminants in legal medicinal weed in the US though, thanks for sharing.
With best wishes,
Hey, i know brix as a naturel sugar rating of the inside of plantcells with a brix reader. (The higher the naturel sugar rating is getting the better u will flower. But also as a sugar/plastic substance. Found multiple collors en sizes. Rock solid /dont disolve, burns black. Easy to spot with a proper digital usb camera. Almost everything i buy is contaiminated here in holland. Rarely i see proper organic grow, if poeple knew they don’t have to do so much for the plant, but let nature do it. It will be a easy grow and the best u ever had.
Eggzectly why I voted no for rec weed in Cali! A dez-gusting power grab by Monsanto and the tobacco corporations is about to ruin the party big time….but I had no idea that sheet was already in effect in AZ. Billionaires ruin everything. 🙁
I live i Az and all the MMJ is contaminated. Its illegal to grow my own. The corporate takeover of Cannabis has sponsored this experiment. Testing the waters to see what sells. ALL KINDS OF BULL SHIT SELLS. Wax pens made from scrap reclaim and fake terps. Moldy buds soaked in h202,neem oil, rotten milk, etc. Buds with zero smell and taste other than plant matter. Buds you can line up by color and smell according to nutrients used (Budcandy, Sweet, Sour Dee, Floranectar, Carboload, all these “sweeteners” are a curse, used as flush-ins for giving lawn clippings a smell)
Legal weed is a JOKE! I haven’t smelled actual weed in any dispensary. Its all Cutting Edge, Botanicare, AN, GH product lines I smell instead! Monsanto fake weed BULLSHIT.
Why is the seedstock so poor that dispensaries cant grow mold free buds, or buds without artificial smells? Do I need to mention Monsantos connections again? We all know who works with the DEA in collecting Cannabis genetics. And we all know who pushed “sensi” as a standard of quality, rather than quality as a standard of quality..
I am sick of this American capitalist fake jew weed! Bring me some hash that actual tastes like hash! Forget this M39 bullshit sprayed with “Uncle Johns Blend” and labeled “super skunk chem dog diesel” !
Finally! Someone knows there is sprayed shit everywhere. All Madrid clubs sell crap, all UK full of crap (except homegrown by friends) all Europe hash has black smoke if set on fire. Poisoning all weed smokers who dont supply themselves. CHECK YOUR BUDS PEOPLE.
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