Access to Safe And Quality Cannabis

Regulation of the cannabis market is a scary thing for some to hear. It can bring up images of only legal access to cannabis from tobacco or drug companies. Regulation of the cannabis industry doesn’t have to mean these things though. If done properly, we can still have a sensible and functional system that has the consumers safety in mind.

Offering an unsafe product to someone with a compromised immune system never needs to happen. A fear that your medicine or recreational activity could lead to problems isn’t something we should have to worry about with cannabis. Our lungs don’t have the same power our stomach acid does to deal with certain chemicals that enter them. This means we could be more susceptible to these things when inhaling rather than eating them.

Home Grow Rights

Home Grow Rights allow for several benefits to the patient or recreational user. By growing your own you already know what’s used in the growing process and how safe it is.

Growing at home allows those with less money to use their time, space and effort making medicine much more affordable. For example, in some places with legal access, hundred dollar grams of good medicine from a dispensary are not uncommon. This pricing is often unobtainable for a person that may need several grams a week of medicine. Seniors on a fixed income are very affected by high prices. By growing at home one could avoid a possible costs of thousands of dollars monthly from retail dispensaries.

Dispensaries

If one chooses to use a dispensary instead of growing their own, there are many other things that need to be addressed before we can truly consider the system safe.

Testing protocols and lab accuracy frameworks must be implemented and adhered to in order to guarantee a safe product for the public.

Ring testing is a way to see what labs are giving the most accurate results. This works by collecting ten grams of the same product, leaving five grams in the acid form and decarbing five. After this, a gram of both
are sent to each of five different labs to evaluate the results.

Testing protocols are important as well. You shouldn’t have to worry about the sample failing because it’s handled improperly.

Deciding on what to test for is just as important. More than THC, CBD and terpene levels need to be looked at. Mold, mildew, bugs, bug feces, and pesticides are all things that need to be checked before the cannabis hits the market for consumers or patients. Many other consumable products are subject to testing for the same things. Anything that doesn’t meet the requirements isn’t allowed on the store shelves. We can even do DNA tests and see what type of bacteria or fungi are present, not just the colony forming units on the plant. Not all bacteria and fungi are bad, some play crucial roles in our lives by overpowering the bad ones that can make us sick. Pesticides and fungicides are another large concern. Myclobutanil based products aren’t even approved for tobacco due to what happens when it thermally degrades, but it’s been found by labs in cannabis. Hydrogen cyanide is one of the products it will off gas during combustion. This starts to happen about 400F, while a Bic lighter burns at over 800F.

Offering an unsafe product to someone with a compromised immune system never needs to happen. A fear that your medicine or recreational activity could lead to problems isn’t something we should have to worry about with cannabis. Our lungs don’t have the same power our stomach acid does to deal with certain chemicals that enter them. This means we could be more susceptible to these things when inhaling rather than eating them.

We possess the technology to make the industry safe and affordable. Gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrograph, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, and DNA testing are all tools we can utilize. These are the same testing devices trusted all over the world for our other consumable products. I believe as a community we can achieve this goal, and education will be the key to affordable access to safe and quality cannabis.

One comment on “Access to Safe And Quality Cannabis”

  • I have been living in nc nearly my whole life and I just recently got back from Colorado and it is amazing out there. Everyone is nice and extremely knowledgeable about what they are selling in the stores. I want medical cannabis here in nc more than anything so I don’t have to move away from my whole family. But if I have to move to get my medicine legally I will. North Carolina just needs to wake up and see that things are changing and people are more acceptable to marijuana now. We have way to many close minded people here though and it’s very disheartening.

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