Testing Aspergillus In Cannabis Buds
As the cannabis industry continues to expand, the need for tighter quality control is becoming more and more vital. Many states are now requiring cultivators of cannabis products to test for Aspergillus, a type of mold found on many different crops including cannabis; a common trigger for allergic reactions. These tests must adhere to specific rules set forth within each state’s regulations, ensuring that any contaminated product is not made available to consumers and growers’ compliance with these tests is consistently monitored. While Aspergillus testing took some time to become standard practice amongst cultivators, it ultimately serves as an important precaution in delivering safe cannabis products across the United States.
What Is Aspergillus?
Aspergillus is a type of fungus that affects cannabis buds. It produces millions of tiny spores that can contaminate the flower, drastically reducing its quality and safety. The most common symptoms of aspergillus contamination in cannabis buds include yellow, brown, greenish patches on the tissue; discoloration; aroma variations ranging from sweet to acrid; and seed discoloration or black spots. These symptoms can be seen with the naked eye, but if you notice them, it’s best to discard any bud affected by aspergillus to ensure it hasn’t been contaminated.
If the spores are consumed, it could cause a range of health problems such as coughing fits and skin rashes. There are ways to detect and prevent aspergillus infestations, though they depend on each individual’s growing conditions. Therefore, proper education on cultivating healthy plants is essential to keeping your cannabis buds safe from this dangerous fungus.
Which States Tests For Cannabis Testing For Aspergillus? (updated June 2020)
- New York
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How Does AirROS Work?
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- Atomic oxygen O(3P)
- Singlet oxygen 1O2
- Hydroxyl radical .OH
- Superoxide O2-
- Peroxynitrite ONOO-
These break down carbon-to-carbon bonds that sanitize the air and destroy all bacteria, molds, viruses, and other pathogens as they pass through the reaction chamber.
Phase 2- Secondary Surface & Air Cleaning
Provides Surface sanitation and continued Air sanitation. The purified air now diffused into the environment contains longer lived Reactive Oxygen Species:
- Gas-phased H2O2 (GpHP) or dry hydrogen peroxide
- Low concentration levels of O3 ozone
These combine and create Hydrogen Trioxide (H2O3) an Active Antimicrobial formed through the peroxone process. This H2O3 is very effective at sanitizing the surfaces and air 24/7.
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