How To Effectively Tell If There Are Contaminants In Your Cannabis

Cannabis became more popular after legalization in many states and countries. Legalizing cannabis took the whole industry from organized crime units and made it available for people offering high-quality and reliable weed. Unfortunately, it’s not legalized everywhere, so people may find themselves buying weed from unreliable sources. Contaminated weed is familiar with industrial contaminants that can’t be detected without laboratory equipment. Other pollutants can be identified with simple tricks to avoid consuming contaminated weed that is bad for your health. Read on to learn how to tell if your cannabis contains contaminants effectively. 

Check the Color

Look closely at your batch, even if you have to use a magnifying glass, and look out for any discoloration. If you found grayish or green fuzz on it, then there is a good chance your weed is contaminated with mold or mildew and is not safe to consume. Look out for any whitish crystalline substances that can be found on the buds or the stem as your batch may have been sprayed with sand, sugar, or glass granules. 



Feel the Weed

One way to tell how good your weed is is by feeling its texture. To feel the texture, hold a piece of bud between your fingers and rub it; if it feels dry and crispy, then in most cases, it’s good and has no mold. Rubbing the bud will help you feel any unusual grains of grit, glass, sand, or sugar that shouldn’t be there. Additionally, you can touch the bud with the tip of your tongue and rub it along your lips or roof of your mouth; it’s an efficient way to feel any grains, but don’t swallow any of them. If it feels powdery in your fingers, don’t consume it, as some dealers add crushed pills to enhance its effect. Finally, if the batch felt heavier or sturdier than usual, it’s a clear sign of contamination to improve its value by increasing weight.

Chest Pain

Weed doesn’t cause any kind of chest pain after consumption, so if you feel any chest pain after smoking, this is an indication that the weed was contaminated. One of the contaminants that can cause chest pain is talcum powder which is unfortunately added even by authorized dealers. This can lead to more significant problems such as respiratory illness or even cancer. In this case, you’re qualified for talcum powder lawsuits to receive compensation for your suffering. Many other contaminants can cause chest pain. Therefore, no matter what the case is, visit a doctor as soon as possible to prevent any complications.

Smell the Weed

The musky, sweet aroma is a distinctive feature of weed regardless of the weed strain. Some weed is contaminated with hairspray used to preserve old or dried-out weed and make it look shinier. If you smell a scent like perfume in your batch, there’s a high probability it’s contaminated with hairspray. Moldy weed usually smells damp or excessively sweet, as well as a contaminated weed. If the buds smell as if it is freshly cut, then it hasn’t been appropriately dried or cured which can develop mold quickly while in storage.


Allergic Reactions

If you have tried weed before, then you most probably know whether you are allergic to it. If you have any kind of inflammation, itchy throat, or suffered from any other allergic reaction after smoking, you are allergic to the weed contaminants. Dispose of the weed quickly and seek medical attention immediately as it can develop into something more dangerous.

Inspect While Smoking

While smoking your joint, inspect the smoke closely, as mold or sprayed contaminants make the smoke harsh and chemical. Your taste buds will indicate if the weed is contaminated as they become bad or harsh. The flavor is essential, and it should taste clean and juicy. Another way to check for contaminants is by checking the ash. If the ash is hard, too dark, or it sticks to the joint, this means there are contaminants of grit and sand, among other types.

It’s vital to be informed about the contaminants you may find in cannabis, especially if bought from illegal sources, as you can’t complain or report them to the authorities. Cannabis legalization is relatively new, and this new industry is still developing weed testing facilities, and hopefully, it will improve further in the future.

 If you live in a place where cannabis is not yet legalized, you must check your weed before consuming it. Take a good look at it, smell it, taste it with the tip of your tongue, and feel it between your fingers. Always refer back to this handy guide as it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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