Cannabis: Organic Nutrients Vs. Synthetic Which is Best for You
For some time now since the cannabis movement started to spread throughout the United States, there has been a split in the way people believe the herb should be grown. On one side there is a strong belief mankind shouldn’t mess with what nature intended and on the other, there are those who want to push every bit of growth they can through the plant to maximize yields ultimately for profit. In the middle of this debate is the consumer who must, therefore, decide for themselves what is best for their health.
Before 2004 Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) was not a major health reported issue at all since it seems to of remained a mystery until it was first officially documented and diagnosed in 2004. Prior to 2004, however, the condition wasn’t really even known or looked at which has to raise the question, “What changed in cannabis industry which resulted in making people sick from use?”
Although it’s still not clear what it is that actually causes CHS (whether a cannabinoid build-up is to blame, or if it has something to do with cannabinoid receptors in the brain) or why the condition has suddenly appeared now, despite the fact that people also definitely smoked cannabis before the year 2004.
Although the syndrome is rare, enough patients have visited Scripps Mercy Hospital that led the emergency room staff to dub the symptoms of CHS—screaming and vomiting—into a new word: “scromiting.” To date, the exact cause of the condition remains a mystery, however, as you are about to see there are some telling signs which very well may be pointing the way.
“Of course the vomiting link to cannabis is counterintuitive to many, because of its widely known reputation as an anti-nausea remedy for cancer patients which has to make people question what happened all of a sudden to cannabis to make people sick.”
Cannabis Produced in the Past
In today’s world, Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is an all too real illness that can happen to you if you smoke too much cannabis. Growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, I personally had never heard of or got sick myself from ingesting cannabis not even once no matter how much I or someone I knew ingested of any strain. This fact is clearly a good indication that something happened to the production of cannabis which started to make it produce the CHS effect. Hospitals were not at all affected by this illness because it doesn’t appear too of existed prior to 2004.
Cannabis Produced Today
Cannabis growers prior to the unfolding of regulation of growing did not have the same access to the chemicals they are using today in the production of cannabis thus this type of this illness was not recorded. It is my personal belief this is indeed one of the main factors in the cause of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. Back in the day growers were not using synthetic chemicals but were using all natural substances like bat guano. Nobody then seemed to be getting sick off the all natural approach and if memory serves correctly cannabis then seemed more uplifting and even had longer legs than that of today as well.
Cannabis Producing Chemicals
Most of the herb produced in the past was done through the underground markets who grew the old-fashioned natural way using organic ingredients outdoors. Then when the industry regulations lifted allowing the growth of the plant commercially a somewhat unregulated multi-billion dollar market sprang into being almost overnight. It wasn’t long before companies were creating and producing synthetic compounds to enhance the herb to obtain maximum yields from big huge buds to kicking up the THC levels way up. However, unknown to the industry are the long-term effects of using these chemicals for nobody has done enough research on the matter to ascertain whether the risks outway the bottom line of turning huge profits.
Some cannabis producers use upwards of 10-20 different types of synthetic chemicals to produce the desired result the effects of which are completely “unknown” when ingested by humans.
Cannabis Producing Chemicals Recognised by States
After having been in the dispensary industry in Arizona and Washington I can state for certain there is indeed some acknowledgment of this issue by government officials. In Arizona right after the state legalized the medical use I had the opportunity to get into the business as an outsider looking in. Lots and lots of people were growing and selling a product to the dispensaries with no regulation whatsoever on what was used to produce the cannabis. Then a short time later I went to Washington and found a totally different set of rules. The Washington Liquor Control Board has a strict set of guidelines for what can be used in cultivation.
The other thing I noticed while in the industry is the split between the people who want organic grown over synthetic grown cannabis. It’s about 50/50 I would say giving 50% to the older generation vs. the present younger. It seems the older generation understands what has been happening to the product over time and are beginning to become aware of the potential risks. It seems odd that at one-time cannabis users were to be locked up and treated like criminals and the fact there are those who now stand by while synthetic chemicals are being added which are making people sick. Let’s hope this correlating fact is just a coincidence but if you wanted to get rid of an undesirable group of people who were at one time scorned in society what better way than to do it through poisoning.
These products have been banned for sale in hydro stores by the California Dept. of Agriculture. If certain states recognize the potential of poisoning while using synthetic compounds then perhaps it would be wise for the people using these tainted herbs to take heed as well.
“Some states have adopted a range of testing requirements and standards for cannabis, from testing medical marijuana like a medicinal drug to not requiring medical marijuana to be tested at all in Arizona.”
Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s) Poison Cannabis
Regulations for fertilizer labeling in the United States is somewhat strict but varies from state to state. Despite these regulations, formulators of these products are not always required to list every ingredient; these recipes are protected as “trade secrets.” For this reason, formulators have been allowed to market known toxins to unsuspecting cannabis growers for some time.
Today too many people are using additives like Bushmaster, Phosphoload, Gravity, Flower Dragon, Top Load, etc. without truly understanding what is actually in the product or whether or not they are dangerous. Many PGR’s like Daminozide or Paclobutrazol are poisoning the plant and take a flower of incredible medicinal value only to straight up adulterate it for the pure pursuit of monetary gain or to make up for their lack of skills as a cannabis grower.
In states that have legalized pot, regulators have struggled to make sure the bewildering array of products on dispensary shelves are safe for cannabis users to consume. States, where the drug has been legally sold for several years such as Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, still are trying to figure out standards and laboratory testing rules for potential toxins. The link between illness and tainted cannabis isn’t well established to date, but anecdotes have emerged of vulnerable cannabis consumers. In some states and cities, there are those who are trying to head off a health crisis before it becomes too late.
In the US state regulators have had no guidance whatsoever from federal agencies who usually set health and safety standards for agriculture, food, and medicine because the federal government considers marijuana to be illegal. Tthe federal government has been hampered by the fact that there’s little research on how cannabis tainted with potential toxins can adversely affect humans, partly because the federal government funds limited marijuana research.
Lastly, further research is needed to discover whether or not using synthetic compounds to grow cannabis is safe or not. Until the facts can be determined it’s probably a good idea to stick with the basics going with naturally grown organic cannabis in the meantime. Your health could depend on it!