A new article from the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (CDPR) warns of the dangers of cannabis because it may be contaminated with organophosphate pesticides (e.g. chlorpyrifos, glyphosate). The CDPR walks through what could happen if a pregnant woman uses chlorpyrifos-contaminated cannabis. Pesticide toxicity is important concern, but this is a bit ironic coming from the CDPR, which has consistently failed to provide sensible limits for pesticides on cannabis.
With Congress seemingly poised to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp for many uses, including the production of biomass for CBD oil extraction, many questions remain unanswered. How will the DEA reschedule CBD now that Epidiolex has been approved as a pharmaceutical CBD isolate? To what extent will the FDA regulate hemp-derived CBD?
The huge underground cannabis economy was woven into the commercial fabric of California long before the 2016 passage of Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana for adult use. Transforming a shadowy, multibillion-dollar industry into a heavily taxed and regulated structure presents unique and enormous challenges. Who will gain and who will lose under the new regime? Will the expected financial dividend from legalization be broadly distributed throughout the Golden State?
On November 16, 2017, California officials released a new set of regulations for cannabis manufacturing, testing, and growing. In many respects, these updates are a significant improvement to the initial draft regulations, however, some major problems remain.
Two important issues pertain to regulations on mold and foreign filth, which are absurdly loose. And unlike the initial proposal, no statement as to the rationale behind the new regulations has been released.
The October firestorms raging in Northern California have incinerated nearly a quarter million acres and displaced more than 100,000 residents. Heavy smoke has blanketed the skies in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, poisoning the air to an unprecedented degree and prompting air quality alerts and health advisories throughout the region.
“We have never recorded higher levels of air pollution in the Bay Area,” said air district spokeswoman Kristine Roselius.
Our organization outlines our concerns with the State of California’s proposed regulations for cannabis testing regarding pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents and our recommendations for amending them. We believe the following recommendations will benefit patients, recreational users, and people working in the industry.
Vaporizer pens are a trendy and discrete manner to vaporize cannabis medicine. However, commonly used thinning agent in many products on the market are harmful when heated and inhaled.
Which growing method produces better cannabis—sungrown, indoors, or greenhouse? Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons.
Companion planting is a method of cultivation where plants are grown together to promote a dynamic, flourishing ecosystem. Some cannabis cultivators have begun adopting these practices, resulting in multiple benefits.