Nevada officials have issued warnings on cannabis products sold at dispensaries in the Reno, Nevada area after laboratory data revealed fungal contamination. Consumers are encouraged to stay safe and dispose of cannabis products reported to be potentially harmful.
The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) Public health and safety bulletins On Friday, it advised cannabis buyers to avoid or be careful when consuming certain products that have tested positive for traces of fungi.Nevada need All cannabis is tested for contaminants, including both fungi and unapproved fungicides. Smoking certain types of fungi can cause symptoms such as: fatal infection in the lungs and brain.
Contaminated cannabis was on sale during May, and some consumers may be affected. However, as of this writing, there are no known reports of any illness.
“The following cannabis packages have tested positive. Aspergillus fumigatus Sold from May 9 to May 21, 2023,” the committee wrote, identifying a 0.5 ounce bag of Dancing Monkey strain flowers from Phantom Farms.
A batch of cannabis initially passed testing, but lab technicians reanalyzed the samples and determined they were contaminated with fungus.
“There is no reason to believe that the lab was aware that cannabis was in fact positive for the presence of the following substances: Aspergillus fumigatus At the time they reported negative results,” the report continues. “Also, there is no reason to believe that cannabis establishments had any knowledge of the existence of cannabis. A. fumigatus Included in affected cannabis packages. “
Bulletins later identified a pharmacy near Reno that was selling the product. Affected cannabis was sold from May 9, 2023 to May 21, 2023 at the Silver State Relief Fernley in Fernley, Nevada, just outside Reno.
Pharmacies will be forced to inform customers about tainted cannabis on a bulletin basis.
“Listed sales establishments are requested to post this bulletin in a prominent location on their premises for 30 days to ensure that customers are aware of this information,” the spokesperson continued. “There are no reports of illness at this time. Health effects may exist from Aspergillus fumigatus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide general information Aspergillosis is an infection caused by certain Aspergillus species, including: Aspergillus fumigatus“
Not all germs are bad
Many forms of fungi are bad news for plants. Root rot, stem rot, bud rot and powdery mildew are three of the most common fungal diseases affecting cannabis.the producer is most likely Detects forms of gray mold.
More specifically, common fungal infections that can harm cannabis plants include the following species: Botrytis cinereapowdery mildew, Aspergillus, Rhizoctonia Solani, Fusariumand Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.
That said, not all fungi that occur on cannabis plants are necessarily harmful.in the meantime Aspergillus fumigatus can be malignant and cause health problems, but mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial fungi, are another story.
In 2016, high times Mycorrhizal fungi grow in and around plant roots and feed on the sugars provided by mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizae then degrade organic matter, solubilize phosphates, and “deliver the nutrients that mycorrhizae have captured directly to the roots.” This fungus acts like an extension of the plant’s own root system. Without mycorrhizae, plants struggle to survive in hydroponics unless they provide all the right nutrients in soluble form. Plants grown in mycorrhizal soil are much more resistant to temperature extremes, drought and plant diseases.
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