Cali Clones: The Importance of Pesticide-Free Cannabis
Since the introduction of legal medical marijuana in 1996, the California cannabis industry has been operating as an unregulated market. It makes it easy to forget crucial steps in the growing process, so we are here to provide a clean, safe and natural solution.
Last year, a random test of 124 California marijuana plants by Steep Hill, a global science and cannabis company, found that 86% tested positive for pesticides. As the law currently stands, it’s not required for companies to disclose the pesticides, chemicals, or other additives used in their crops and products.
But just because you can operate with such flexibility doesn’t mean you should ignore the potential consequences of doing so. Aside from the fact that California’s recreational market will be testing over the next year, it’s also important to do everything you can to grow the healthiest cannabis plants imaginable. Thanks to the Wand, it takes no effort to grow natural, pesticide-free cannabis without the risk of infestations like white powdery mildew.
Powdery mildew is bad for your plants. Pesticides are bad for your customers.
If you’re a grower, you know it when you see it the powdery white dust accumulating on your plant’s leaves is impossible to miss, especially if you’re aware of the havoc it can wreak, turning your grow into a fungal feast.
Powdery mildew is one of the most common threats to your grow. It originates from several different types of fungi and can appear on both indoor and outdoor plants. The best thing you can do to protect your plants is take preventative measures that will keep PM from showing up in the first place. Once the fungus and bacteria contact your plants, it doesn’t take long to strangle your plants life force.
As a grower, the last thing you want to be doing is physically spraying fungicides and wiping down your plants in hopes of removing all the residue. Spoiler alert: you almost certainly won’t remove it all, and within days or weeks you’ll see a fresh batch starting to take hold. In this case, it’s tempting to opt for pesticides and fungicides to prevent powdery mildew and botrytis infestations. Unfortunately, your customers won’t be as sympathetic to the conveniences of pesticides when they find out you’re spraying their bud with chemicals and residuals.
The cannabis community is made up of people from all walks of life. Some rely on cannabinoids for pain management, while others just like to wind down with a joint instead of a beer, or both! One common theme is that cannabis users are health-conscious people who care deeply about what’s going in their bodies, especially if they have a compromised immune system. Many opt for the natural healing potential of cannabis over prescription painkillers and other drugs due to unpleasant side effects or the risk of addiction.
The last thing they want is to ingest unnecessary pesticides through cannabis smoke, which can lead to both acute and long-term symptoms ranging from nausea and abdominal cramping to cognitive impairment. That’s bad news for someone who manages nausea or Crohn’s disease with cannabis.
The last thing you want is for your product to end up in the group of infected clones. You shouldn’t have to expose yourself and your plants to dangerous chemicals just to keep infestations at bay.
Expect regulations to ramp up in 2018.
The health of you, your team and your customers should be the biggest reason to opt out of pesticide and fungicide use, but it’s not the only reason. In California, the new regulations for recreational cannabis include testing requirements that will become stricter over the next year.
Under the new regulations, testing will be done on cannabinoid and terpene levels, foreign materials, heavy metals, microbial impurities, mycotoxins, moisture content, residual pesticides, and residual solvents. A batch of product will have two tries to pass testing. If the batch fails both times, it will have to be destroyed, losing you time, money and resources and your customers or distributors empty handed.
If that sounds like too many hands on your product, remember… that’s only at the state level. Up until its recent repeal, the Cole Memo protected law-abiding cannabis businesses in legal states from the overreach of the federal government, who still views cannabis as a schedule 1 narcotic. Now that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repealed this memo, there’s nothing holding them back from getting involved in these matters if they find a reason.
If there has ever been a time to prove your credibility, the time is now, in the thick of this crucial turning point for the future of cannabis in the United States. Our country has never been closer to full legalization; what better way to stand up in favor of it than to lead by example and produce the healthiest product possible?
The Wand is a pesticide and fungicide-free way to combat powdery mildew and other contaminants that infect and destroy cannabis plants. Once installed, the wands deliver BRe3 energy wavelengths at different intensities to reach the mitochondria. This stimulates the production of Adenosine Triphosphate, a cell building block that encourages more absorption of water and nutrients and uptake of CO2, which in turn promotes photosynthesis. The more these processes are encouraged, the healthier the plant. The healthier the plant, the stronger its defense system against powdery mildew infestations.
Increasing the ATP production promotes respiration and ultimately improving photosynthesis. Invisible light has no influence on photosynthesis at all, but it promotes the opposite process called respiration making photosynthesis easier and more effective. If you’re ready for the power of the Wand in your cannabis business, give us a call today to discuss the right wand setup for you.
Long story short, the Wand is an investment for your business, your grow and most importantly, your customers.
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