Cannabis Pesticide and Fertilizer Standards
The use of pesticides in crop cultivation is not new, and cannabis crops are no exception. Many studies have found that the use of these is common and that high levels of pesticides are transferred into cannabis smoke. The most common pesticide classes associated with cannabis are insecticides, acaricides, and fungicides.
There are hundreds of different pesticide products that may be used on cannabis materials and of these, there are some pesticides and Plant Growth Regulators (PGR) that are considered to be the main health concerns. Many of the pesticides found in cannabis samples destined for consumption are classed as moderately hazardous by the World Health Organization (WHO). New analytical methods for pesticide detection on cannabis are being developed to implement quality control of cannabis, where it is legal, before being sold.
Pesticides are controlled by the government and cannabis industry regulators, but pesticides are defined as any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest, fungus, disease, or weed. Fungicides and herbicides are included under the definition of pesticides. This can also include any substance or mixture of substances intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant. Along with different types of nitrogen stabilizers or fertilizer additives that are not themselves a source of nutrients.