HOW TO AVOID PESTICIDES IN MARIJUANA
It's easy to grow weed without Monsanto, if you know how.
"Anyone that uses *roundup* (herbicide), is about as innocent as a compliant German who kept the ovens warm and well maintained. The excuse is always, I was just following along with the system, taking orders." Johnny Rodriguez
California food and even its cannabis have more than trace amounts of toxic herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals. It's not uncommon to find ppm (parts per million) levels of GLYPHOSATE - in amounts that profoundly affect the endocrine - hormonal system - and to cause cancer according to rapidly mounting scientific evidence. Despite mountains of regulations, we're still being poisoned like never before.
MONSANTO, finally is getting the boot everywhere around to world, including California. They are fighting back tooth and nail, saying that their products are so fine, so safe, it's all a witch hunt. Meanwhile, cancer rates skyrocket in all areas where roundup and other Monsanto products are used. There are a lot of studies out there, independent scientists that have simply feed small amounts of GLYPHOSATE, supposidly safe amounts to rodents and then watched the cancer tumors grow, over and over again. It is that blatant, the cause and effect. Monsanto's argument is that GLYPHOSATE shows up in the food in only trace amounts, its like a drop in the bucket. But, the reality is that their chemicals are everywhere in the food chain, the overall exposure is much more than advertised, and it accumulates in us, like debt and interest that taxes our health go bankrupcy. It is only a matter of time until you're biologically broke, which is to say, you're very sick or dead.
"Monsanto pisses me off, and they should piss everyone off, they have every corporate farmer spraying the f**u**c out of every crop with their cancer agents and environment destroying chemical crap. There is a special place in hell reserved for the "Save the Whales" people too: the Green Peace blowhards, hippies and the global warmers, who are also spraying our weed with this crap." - Johnny Rodriguez
TAKEAWAYS - HOW TO AVOID PESTICIDES
Educate yourself, absorb the content of this article.
Find a dispensary you think is legit.
Buy only lab tested weed.
Spend some time with the budtender and ask some questions, like how do they know their suppliers are not using chemicals on the weed.
Is there legitimate certificate of analysis for pesticide analysis?
Ask if the supplier for proof that your batch of weed was tested.
Ask for the list of pesticides and herbicides they tested for.
Join a cooperative and get to know how things are done in reality, like how they deal with pests, mold, etc.
Grow your own weed, and learn how to use soap, borax, essential oils, vinegar, ventilation and lighting to get rid of pests.
WHY YOU WANT TO AVOID MAN MADE CHEMICALS PERIOD
The following information is useful not only for doctor's, rec and medical users of cannabis, it's an overall guide about pesticides and herbicides in any agricultural product you might consume. Be aware that pesticides and other chemicals can concentrate in meat, fish. Processed foods are tested through the roof for GMO, pesticides and other nasties.. This is your California in 2017.
Since California is perhaps the most regulated place on the planet, and the overall food quality is very low, more regulation does not calculate to make things better. Better regulations could be the answer, like banning the sale of all chemicals that kill rodents in small quantities. Stuff like that. Nip the disease at the bud, kill the source of the problem.
WHERE WE'RE AT WITH MONSANTO AND CO.
Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65.
"GLYPHOSATE, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular *roundup* weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, 2017" - State’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Monday.
A pesticide is anything used to control pests. When we talk about pesticide testing and the dangers, we are talking about synthetic chemicals only. Pesticides are used to stop pests from eating the agricultural product - mold, mice, bacteria, insects, mites, ticks and so on. Chemicals are a very handy way to make the product look plump and perfect, but realize a perfect looking apple may be heavily sprayed, waxed, dyed, rehydrated, where nothing in its habitat could eat it, all of which means maybe you should not eat it either.
There are so many organic ways to get rid of pests and microbes - there is no excuse what so ever to use a chemical. It should be said that there are chemicals out there, like borax that are not at all harmful to humans, and can be actually added to good effect in the diet (in small quantities). Again, we're referring to chemicals that have no redeeming qualities in man.
HOW YOU ABSORB PESTICIDES
The toxicity of a chemical depends on how it is absorbed, in food, an extract, water, through the skin or via the air = inhalation. Certainly, if you're the one applying a chemical agent, you're likely breathing it in and possibly getting exposure transdermally - through the skin. Most pesticides in microdose quantities work insidiously, like rust on a car, or debt. In 10 years the car needs to be junked.
If you're vaping marijuana, pesticide issues become very important. If you get sick after vaping a new supply of weed, it could be a coincidence or maybe there is mold, chemicals or other nasties in it. You can send the sample for third party testing - to a certified lab - for comprehensive testing. This article goes into details on how to test your weed.
Another idea is to make your own club, perhaps composed of 12 people or something like that. Your club can go to the dispensary to buy your marijuana collectively. Select a strain that you want to consume and send a sample or two for random comprehensive testing to a laboratory. This way the testing bill is divided by 12, which makes the process sustainable and affordable. You can share the results with your dispensary and if the owners act in a cooperative manner - then your group is on its way toward assuring the integrity of your weed. However, any dispensary owner that has a problem with customers that test their own weed, then you might want to walk.
REGULATIONS ARE OUT TO LUNCH
Chemical toxins accumulate in the tissue, organs, brain and can interfere with literally every body function, which can cause or exacerbate disease. In large doses, it's somewhat clear what a specific chemical can do, it's listed on the LD50 info on the material chemical safety data sheet info. The insanity is that LD50 cumulative exposure is not considered in almost all regulations, and chronic exposure is the main issue - not dying from one hit of a dodgy vegetable.
There is chronic toxicity - low doses over time that cause issues and there is acute toxicity, which is a one punch KO. People with serious illness and compromised immune systems can be taken out with mold and microbe infested weed. Vaping and toking does not necessarily kill spores, which can survive at very high temperatures. For this reason, vaping concentrates that have microorganisms filtered out (proven via testing) are essential for those in very poor health. Edibles are the safest way to consume when it comes to toxins, particularly mold, and microbes.
RISK = TOXICITY X EXPOSURE
Add to the equation: Additive, antagonistic, or synergistic effects
Rodents, mice, rats, are typically used in experiments to get a basic understanding about what kind of levels that might hurt humans. Again, studies usually focus on acute toxicity. The amount of round-up in your potato chips, plus your pizza...plus what your neighbor sprayed on his lawn, and on and on is seldom, if ever calculated.
Exposure to pesticides may also result in:
- Reproductive effects: effects on the reproductive system or on the ability to produce healthy offspring.
Teratogenic effects: effects on unborn offspring, such as birth defects.
Carcinogenic effects: produces cancer in living animal tissues.
Oncogenic effects: tumor-forming effects (not necessarily cancerous.)
Mutagenic effects: permanent effects on genetic material that can be inherited.
Neurotoxicity: poisoning of the nervous system, including the brain.
Immunosuppression: blocking of natural responses of the immune system responsible for protecting the body.
LD50 - Lethal Dose Fifty
"Lethal Dose Fifty" (LD50) is a primary way toxicity of chemicals are estimated. LD50 is the quantity of a pesticide that can kill half of the animals in the lab test. The LD50 is calculated for both dermal and oral routes of exposure. An acute oral LD50 indicates the amount of pesticide ingested that killed half of the animals tested in laboratory situations.
The smaller the LD50 value, the more deadly, the less chemical required to kill half the population of animals, So, a pesticide with a dermal LD50 of 25 mg/kg (rabbit) is more poisonous than a pesticide with a dermal LD50 of 2000 mg/kg (rabbit).
UNDERSTANDING LD50 UNITS
There are about 4200 mg of sugar in a teaspoon. Assuming the chemical in question weighs about the same as sugar, an LD50 of 40 mg/kg, amounts of 1/100 of a tea spoon. Remember, the LD50 is the amount in mg/kg it takes to kill an animal in 24 hours, let alone permanent and cumulative damage over a period of time.
By the way, one kilogram equals 2.2 pounds, so but one nibble of the LD50=10 chemical kills the rabbit deader'n'hell.
LD50 or lethal dose 50 percent, for inhalation is several magnitudes lower as compared to ingestion, which means, chemicals are far more toxic when absorbed via inhalation per unit weight. This means that chemical solvents, cleaners, and other smells from man made paints, plastics, building materials are very hazardous sources of toxins, which are missing in the regulatory calculations of true toxicity - cumulative and over time.
Again, industry has moved this understanding of real toxicity off the table.
CATEGORIES OF PESTICIDE TOXICITY
The above table is confusing, for example, CAUTION is used to label non-toxic items, which encourages people to ignore the data that indicates improtant toxicity and safety issues.
STALLING TACTICS KEEP TOXIC PESTICIDES ON THE MARKET IN THE EU
A vote on the relicencing of glyphosate in the EU stalled in March 2016. Member states France, Sweden, and the Netherlands objected to the renewal. A vote to reauthorize on a temporary basis failed in June 2016 but at the last-minute the license was extended for 18 months and will be re-evaluated at the end of 2017. Is this result, the power of the purse over the will of the people?
LIST OF BANNED PESTICIDES
Missing on the California list are some of the most commonly used herbicides and pesticides - some with low LD50's - that are used in California. Thankfully GLYPHOSATE - *roundup* was added to the list, finally.
Cali OEHHA Proposition 65 List, Updated August 2015
Acifluorfen, Sodium Salt Maneb - pesticide
Alachlor Metam-Sodium- pesticide
Arsenic Acid Methyl Iodide- pesticide
Arsenic Pentoxide Metiram- pesticide
Arsenic Trioxide Nitrapyrin- pesticide
Cacodylic Acid Ortho-Phenylphenol- pesticide
Captain Ortho-Phenylphenol, Sodium Salt- pesticide
Carbaryl Oryzalin- pesticide
Chlorothalonil Oxadiazon- pesticide
Chromic Acid Oxy Thio Quinox- pesticide
Creosote Para-Dichlorobenzene- pesticide
Daminozide Pentachlorophenol- pesticide
DDVP Potassium Dichromate- pesticide
1,3-Dichloropropene Potassium N-Methyldithiocarbamate- pesticide
Dioctyl Phthalate Propachlor- pesticide
Dipropyl Isocinchomeronate Propargite- pesticide
Diuron Propoxur- pesticide
Ethoprop Propylene Oxide- pesticide
Ethylene Oxide Propyzamide- pesticide
Fenoxycarb Silica, Crystalline-Fused- pesticide
Folpet Silica, Crystalline-Quartz- pesticide
Formaldehyde Sodium Dichromate Dihydrate- pesticide
Imazalil Sodium Dichromate- pesticide
Iprodione Terrazole- pesticide
Lindane Thiodicarb- pesticide
Mancozeb Vinclozolin- pesticide
Pesticides Known to the State to Cause Birth Defects or Reproductive Harm
1080 Lithium Carbonate- pesticide
Abamectin Metam-Sodium- pesticide
Amitraz Methyl Bromide- pesticide
Arsenic Pentoxide Metiram- pesticide
Arsenic Trioxide Molinate- pesticide
Benomyl Myclobutanil- pesticide
Bromacil, Lithium Salt Nabam- pesticide
Bromoxynil Octanoate Nicotine- pesticide
Carbaryl Nitrapyrin- pesticide
Cyanazine Oxadiazon- pesticide
Cycloate Oxydemeton-Methyl- pesticide
2,4-DB Acid Oxy Thio Quinox- pesticide
Diclofop-Methyl Potassium Dimethyl Dithio Carbamate- pesticide
Dinocap Propargite- pesticide
Dinoseb Quizalofop-Ethyl- pesticide
Dioctyl Phthalate Resmethrin- pesticide
Disodium Cyano Dithio Imido Carbonate Sodium Dimethyl Dithio Carbamate- pesticide EPTC Streptomycin Sulfate- pesticide
Ethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Tau-Fluvalinate- pesticide
Ethylene Oxide Thiophanate-Methyl- pesticide
Fenoxaprop-Ethyl Triadimefon- pesticide
Fentin Hydroxide Tributyltin Methacrylate- pesticide
Fluazifop-Butyl Triforine- pesticide
Fluazifop-P-Butyl Vinclozolin- pesticide
Hydramethylnon Warfarin- pesticide
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* Harvard and other institutions found when they set out to directly measure the residues wending their way across kids’ dinner plates. The researchers collected samples of all the fruits, vegetables and juices consumed over the course of twenty-four hours by a group of forty-six preschoolers in Seattle and Atlanta. They found that 19 percent of the produce had traces of one pesticide and several items had residues of more than one. Overall, the researchers found eleven different organophosphates and three pyrethroids on the food.
* The study, published in 2010, is just one of many that have confirmed what we already know: food is a major source of children’s exposure to pesticides. And as other research has demonstrated, some people have genetic makeups that cause them to be extremely vulnerable to the toxic effects of pesticide exposure (and children are even more vulnerable than adults). So it is wise to try to minimize the risks. Luckily, this is the one route of exposure that is relatively easy to control if you know what you’re doing:
*How To Avoid Pesticides In Food And Reduce Overall Exposure
Here is just a handful of health issues that could arise from exposure to household insecticides and pesticides in food or any other form of exposure.
*cancer and leukemia
*The use of pesticides is especially problematic when looking at the use on farms around the world. Farmers, especially those growing with pesticide-resistant genetically modified crops, spray millions of pounds of pesticides on produce each year, and the consumer inhales it through eating. As mentioned, pesticide exposure can cause numerous complications, and has even been linked to lower intelligence levels and decreased cognitive function. Parental use of pesticides could also lead to an increased risk of brain cancer in children.
*In very recent news, pesticides have gained tremendous spotlight where a flawed study went to see if organic food is the same as conventional, and if there is really any nutritional difference between the two. Of course, there is a difference – you can read all about it and watch a video in the link above.
*Understand what toxicity is and how it affects humans.
*Learn the three routes of entry (how pesticides enter the body) and the importance of each.
*Be familiar with how toxicity is measured and what is meant by label warning statements.
*The WHO bases its ratings on the lowest published rat oral LD50, the lethal dose (in milligrams of substance per kilogram of body weight) that kills 50% of the test animals in a standard assay. WHO gives a hazard ranking of Ia (Extremely Hazardous) to the most hazardous pesticide active ingredients.
*While the WHO ratings generally reflect acute toxicity, they also take into account other toxic effects such as reproductive and developmental toxicity. WHO does not evaluate the fumigants, a class of gaseous pesticides that are generally extremely hazardous, nor does it evaluate pesticides believed obsolete or discontinued, even though some of these "obsolete" pesticides are currently registered for use in the U.S.
Monsanto vows to waste your taxpayer dollars taking the State to court. Look for *roundup* to be on the market for years while Monsanto strategically drags the case out in court. Sick.
*GLYPHOSATE, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular *roundup* weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.
*Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.”
*The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over GLYPHOSATE since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is “probably carcinogenic” in a controversial ruling in 2015.
"With *roundup* herbicide, we know it causes cancer, but the WHO takes a more conservative stance saying it probably causes cancer. Take your pick, there is a bullet in the gun or their is probably a bullet in the guy. If you're confused what to do, be my guest and put the gun to your head and pull the trigger." - Johnny Rodriguez
SCIENTISTS NAIL MONSANTO AND GLYPHOSATE