Environmental factors affect us every day: pollution, noise, waste, chemicals, pesticides, metals, you name it. Our soils are also polluted in many ways and this can cause contaminated crops. Cannabis can become contaminated for various reasons and we should be aware of these: pesticides and chemicals are used on commercial crops (and now even cannabis) to kill pests and fungi and other issues. Cannabis is a very useful crop as it is known as a phytomediator – it absorbs bad things including heavy metals and toxins from the soil without much damage to itself. Cannabis and hemp can therefore be used to clean up the soil before planting other crops on a rotational basis. Cannabis also needs the good stuff to grow and also absorbs minerals from the soil including calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. How will you ever know that the cannabis you are buying is not full of the toxins it has absorbed? Contaminated cannabis oil should surely be dangerous?
Cannabis oil that is the result of a cannabis plant that has absorbed toxins from the soil or air is dangerous. It could contain strains of pesticides, chemicals, fungi and bacteria. The leaves of the cannabis plant also absorb toxins from the environment including lead. So if the leaves of the cannabis plant absorb lead, it goes into the plant and can affect those who use it for medicinal purposes. How ironic – you go to buy medical cannabis oil to cure an illness and it makes you even sicker! But there is light at the end of the tunnel! Regulations!
Every country has strict regulations regarding anything medical. Medical cannabis oil is a new therapy on the market which comes with plenty of safety precautions and regulations regarding its cultivation, processing, dispensing, selling and marketing. In South Africa, 2017 saw the release of strict guidelines and information for applicants who aim to grow, test or manufacture medical cannabis and products. The regulations emphasize critical steps in the production process that are needed to ensure a product is of reputable. There are strict monitoring and control procedures from the growing process, through to security of the operation, staff training and the needs of the particular cannabis strains. Expect plenty of red tape if you want to grow medical grade cannabis or make products from this crop. Such regulations are a good thing and should help to negate the issue of contamination.
Is contaminated cannabis oil dangerous? Well yes, it can make the user sick and may cause long-term issues if there is lead and other toxins remaining in the leaves of the plant. Cannabis leaves and flowers are mostly used to extract cannabinoids to make the oils, tinctures, capsules and other products. So if there is lead residue or other heavy metals, pesticides or fungicides, these can affect human health in the long term. Lead can cause increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. Exposure to pesticides can cause loss of memory, moodiness, reduced motor skills, lack of response to certain stimuli, allergies, asthma, hormone production and even cancer. So, yes, contaminated cannabis oil can be dangerous.
Choose organic cannabis oil to avoid any contamination. Organic cannabis is grown without the use of any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. It is grown in healthy soil and nurtured in as healthy an environment as possible. Products can be created organically too: use organic carrier oils such as coconut and olive oils and natural additions to the ingredients of all products. We know that many people are looking for a quality, medical grade cannabis oil produced in South Africa. There are very few suppliers in the country that can really show the knowledge and provide the best practice approach with regards to using the cannabis oil for medical purposes. At Cannabis Network News, we only use the highest grade medical cannabis oil which has been processed using pure solvents and is not stored in syringes. Everything else we use is organic, naturally pure.
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