CANNABIS PRODUCT LABELS - WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Cannabis Labeling - Not bad for a new industry.
We would like to see marijuana products labeled to specify the following:
Mold and Fungus
Pesticide & Herbicide
Indoor / Outdoor
All of the above plus residual solvents.
SALSA STORY - LESSONS IN LABELING FOR THE POT INDUSTRY
Last night, yours truly cracked open a container of "organic" salsa. As I consumed my bag of corn chips with the salsa, I noticed that my lips felt like they were burning. The sensation was somewhat subtle but enough to trigger the little man in your head, the one that is seldom wrong, so I checked out the ingredient list to see what was up.
"When you buy weed, you want to ask questions, learn to inspect the quality yourself. The consumers can regulate the business if they know what they are doing, and demand solutions to issues. After all, they control the cash flow."
What's more, the salsa had a kind of chemical taste, tart but flat at the same time; it was definitely not a fresh from the garden type experience. The label said Organic in big, bold font, with generic clinical colors on display, with a shot of clinical looking vegetables. Having experience in testing food products, I immediately threw up the red flat, it saw that the style was that of the big corp scammers, the mark of the beast.
What they do is buy the cheapest ingredients, from their corporate farms, which pay the lowest rates possible. Then they add in chemicals, salt, sugar and whatnot to make a taste that consumers with deadened palates will buy. The psychological ploy in product labeling is to quickly convince the buyer that the ingredients are wholesome and good for them. Meanwhile, the label is often void of any useful information.
"Smell the product, if there is a chemical or moldy smell, check into it with the dispensary or grower."
LABELING FIASCO STARTS AT THE TOP
At the end of the day, overall the labeling regulations and practices are downright unscientific and often fraudulent in intent and function. Of course the ingredients were in fine print, but no problem, my eyes are good for fine reading situations. There is was, the third of about fifteen ingredients was calcium chloride. And right there, that product should be taken off the market and its quality control director fired, and perhaps charges laid. Calcium chloride is caustic, burns and irritates membranes among other nasty side effects.
ABOVE - A PRODUCT LABEL VOID OF USEFUL INFORMATION
WHEN ORGANIC AIN'T ORGANIC
The manufacturers and gullible public in chorus say that chemical additives are needed to keep the product "fresh". And that only a few people suffer from "allergic" responses. Meanwhile, these people never know their science, the reactions, the toxicity; they only parrot information or disinformation to a public that has no ability to decipher fact from fiction. Such is the nature of the nearly useless, dumbed down educational system.
"It the pot business there are many very effective solutions to produce quality weed without chemicals. Air can be filtered removing spores and bacteria, ozone can disinfect anything and everything, ultraviolet light kills microbes, fungus and mold, nitrogen packing preserves product and avoids oxidization. "
The use of ethanol in extraction as opposed to toxic solvents is a readily available solution. Then sprays with simple apple cider vinegar can take the place of pesticide. Herbicides are not required with correct practices in preparing compost and soil. These simple solutions are not only more effective in most cases than the "traditional" industrial farming; they are cheaper and are completely compatible with the human organism.
THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY SELF ADJUSTS SMARTLY WITH PROPER LABELING
Back to the bullshit. Calcium chloride in quality is a not natural component, it is caustic and it burns tissue. In the Salsa, it is was not found in trace amounts either, it is the third ingredient of a dozen. Sadly, this incident is but the tip of the iceberg. Most of the food industry labeling is, scientifically speaking, terrible to horrible.
Chemicals are added to most every product, and perhaps worse, containers are lined with plastic or BPA. Many of these bogus labeling and container practices have been outlawed in other countries, but not the good old USA. Then there is GMO, they're not into telling about that. The big food producers lobby for regulation that don't require them to say anything of substance about their products or the containers. You are consuming BPA, Roundup, MSG, estrogen mimickers, antibiotics and an array of other nasties in micro doses, quite possibly, at every meal. This crap plastic and / or toxic chemicals are contained in nontherapeutic quantity in your shampoo, soaps, cosmetics, synthetic fabrics, sandals, pipes in your house.
"Marijuana has the advantage of being a completely organic substance. Breeding practices are largely an extension of natural processes, while genetic modification is definitely not. Say no to GMO pot."
The activity of GMO proteins, enzymes can produce very toxic and damaging results to those that consume them. This scandal has just begun. Monsanto has it's work cut out for it to keep this horrendous fact out of the public's consciousness.
The biggest problem with labeling is that with "nutritional" labeling is that you have no idea about the quality. You may find out the content of protein, carbohydrate, and fat, but nothing about the quality. Is the protein or fats denatured, rancid? In fact, you want to limit the amount of things that you consume that are not fresh and are put in containers in the first place. Ideally, a person would grow a lot of what they consume themselves; their own herbs, marijuana, potatoes, in their own little family or community plot. Of course the original American system was based on this concept but now, the system is setup to oppose such basic, effective, natural and simple ideas, at every level.
The system, the rules, the regulations, the education is all set up, in concert, for the corporations to control all elements of society. This is what America is up against. This is what the Marijuana industry is up against. This is what rec and med users are up against.
Harping home the point one more time, the US Food and Drug Administration's primary function in inspection and labeling - no question - is to effectively make it too costly for small producers to make a living, while allowing big corporations to thrive, monopolize the market and pump out empty junk food that the elites themselves never eat. Big Corp owners eat organic from their own gardens on their massive private estates.
ABOVE - LABEL IS NICE - NEED TO FIND OUT MORE TO GIVE THUMBS UP
AT THE END OF THE DAY
We'd like to see regulations focused in the naught big corporations and lay off small growers and producers. For example, the Salsa producer in question should be shut down until they tell stop blatant manipulation and deception on the product labels Their organic claims cannot be put on products that contain chemicals, GMO, etc. No question. the food manufacturer in question should have to list potentially hazardous ingredients in bold print, CONTAINS SYNTHETICALLY PRODUCED CALCIUM CHLORIDE IS SIZABLE QUANTITIES THAT BURNS MEMBRANES AND CAUSES MINOR OR MAJOR INTESTINAL DISTRESS IN MANY CONSUMERS...
ONLY REQUIRE STRINGENT LABORATORY TESTING BY BIG PRODUCERS
Laboratory testing needs to prove the actual quality of the product, not silly numbers that baffle the consumer and don't mean anything. Thankfully, big corporation has not yet messed up and spun the testing requirements to meet their agendas completely void of ethical concerns, that is if you consider eugenics ethical.
Lab testing is an expensive proposition and the powers that be will use testing regulations to put the small guys out of business. So, We'd like to see small producers be educated in the many ways to grow great pot economically, while avoiding chemicals, particularly those with a low LD50 (LETHAL DOSE 50%). Laboratory testing need not be in the hands of the few. Recent advances in in-field testing has made it possible to test for many essential parameters.
GPP - GOOD POT PRACTICES
Good pot practices for growers : Sunlight, clean air, carbon dioxide, stainless steel, glass, ethanol, apple cider vinegar, compost, ozone, air filtration, nitrogen packing, full spectrum lighting, ethanol,
low temperature extraction
BPP - BAD POT PRACTICES
No sun, no full spectrum lighting, roundup, pesticides, preservatives, toxic solvents, GMO (its is coming), mono-strains (THC only), BPA (in most preparation apparatus, containers), plastics of every kind, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, phthalates.
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Once you get a handle on how you body reacts to various types of marijuana and the amount, it might be a good idea to explore further. For example, if you are an epileptic that responds well to a medicine based on a strain high in CBD and low in THC, social media is recommended to share and exchange information.
For example, in the case of Crohn's, a clinical study reported that 40+ % went into complete remission, while another 50% found that their symptoms improved significantly. People in complete remission need not run out and change medication, however, people with partial results might explore other strains suggested by other Crohn's sufferers.
"Basic Medical Marijuana testing should ALWAYS include; THC, CBD, mold and residual pesticides - by an ISO certified lab." - Medical Staff
To treat a disease or condition optimally with any medicine, doctors and patients alike should know as accurately as possible - what's in it. While many pharmaceutical drugs are in fact more toxic that trace amounts of common pesticides, the fact remains - you definitely don't want to be smoking weed with any chemicals in it, period.
”As of September 25, Washington authorities conducted 651 premises checks on 252 out of the state’s 668 licensed growers. Of those, six were found to be violating the state’s pesticide laws by using spinosad, a relatively innocuous insecticide." - The Stranger
LAB TESTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA - CANNABINOIDS & TERPENES - PART 2
A comprehensive Cannabinoid Profile should include:
Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)
Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)
“There are some labs out there that are just taking the Cannabis and printing out a report that’s fake and saying ‘you passed for pesticides’ and never analyzed for pesticides. There are labs out there that guess at the THC content.”
The basic objective of testing is to prove that the Herbal medicine in question - is both medically potent and toxin free. Essential medicinal ingredients that should be quantified are the Cannabinoids THC and CBD. Potentially harmful things to test definitely include Pesticides, Mold, Bacteria, and Mycotoxins (toxic microbe shit).
“Some of the stuff we find on samples, it’s disgusting,” he said. “People need to know. The stuff that’s killing your lungs — it has a lot of pesticides and chemicals on there that will do you more harm than good.”
“If someone has a $20,000 crop that mildews, they’ll do what they have to to get it to market.” - Jim Roe, Scientific Director of Steep Hill Laboratory
MICROBIOLOGICAL SCREENING - MMJ patients and doctors are encouraged to well consider the dangers that Organic contaminants in Marijuana born from microorganisms present. Yes, both man and nature can sabotage the outstanding benefits of your favorite herbal medicine. Patients with serious health conditions, such as immune disorders cannot afford to be breathing in mold spores and nasty bio-toxins. Bacteria from manure can cause food poisoning in edibles., fungus from humid indoor or outdoor.