Most people would be pretty irate and concerned if they were to find bugs in their cannabis buds. Some may also get quite upset if they were to find mold lurking around in their sack.
This is especially true if they just spent top dollar on it at a dispensary in a legal cannabis market. While I am not saying that a moldy bud full of bugs is a good thing there are certain insects that can actually be quite beneficial to a cannabis crop.
In legal markets regulations concerning what cultivators are able to use as far as pesticides for combating pests and other aspects during cultivation are quite restrictive. This doesn’t mean that pesticides aren’t found in legal markets however, but many states are calling for a higher level of quality assurance and better testing regulations and requirements.
Chemical Free is the Way to Be
When it comes to growing cannabis there are many different safe chemicals that can be utilized to help combat pests but many growers especially craft organic growers prefer to handle their pest management and their chemical-free manner. This is where the beneficial insects that I previously mentioned come into play.
In the cultivation world, be it beneficial insects are sometimes known as biological control agents. When utilized properly during the different stages of cultivation these natural predators can be very beneficial in controlling environmental pests such as root aphids, fungus gnats, pupating thrips, spider mites and more.
Good Medicine Starts with Great Cultivation Techniques
Cannabis is medicine. When it’s treated poorly during cultivation it produces poor medicine. With regulation and legalization, you would think we would be starting to see higher quality cannabis thanks to testing certifications that it must meet up to.
Sadly, many places that have legalized cannabis such as California, Colorado, Washington, and others are experiencing all kinds of quality control issues with cannabis.
From mildew and mold, to larvae, banned pesticides like eagle 20, and even blasted buds that have already been washed with butane, cannabis can be not so good.
The government along with large-scale commercial cannabis cultivation obviously miss what the craft cannabis farmer knows. Support your local craft cannabis cultivator and small mom-and-pop businesses throughout the cannabis community.