I can go on and on about this amazing device. When I managed the dispensary my boss used to get so annoyed about my concern about mold and pesticides in our weed. He was sure that I was paranoid. Maybe watching my boyfriend struggle to breathe in the recovery room the day he died and then finding his moldy bud the day that I received his ashes has something to do with it. I can’t say for sure that the mold he smoke killed him, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t help him. He wasn’t a prolific toker. He replaced his Belvedere on the rocks he had every night with a few hits of relaxing indica to calm his nerves. Whether it was a factor in his demise will always bother me. If this device would have been available then, he wouldn’t have smoked it and possibly he would still be here today. I know hundreds of people that smoke pot I won’t deny that most enjoy the buzz, but they are also getting medicinal benefits as well. Right now, I am visiting my mother in a state that it isn’t legal, so I haven’t medicated in a couple of months. I haven’t noticed a profound change except that my knee that I have had four surgeries on really hurts. I have been known to walk 5 to 10 miles a day on the beach at home. I doubt I could do that right now, it hurts to much. I am noticing how much cannabis does help with my knee. Marijuana has been proven to help a plethora of health and mental conditions, however, if it’s contaminated it may be doing more harm than good whether you smoke, vape, or ingest it, If it has contaminates you are poisoning yourself. With the MyDx you can prevent that. I wish I would have had one 3 years ago.
February 13, 2014
Contamination is a real issue in dispensaries. The owner of the dispensary that I worked at knowingly dispensed marijuana that he claimed was organic and lab tested to his patients. I advised him of contaminated bud and the two managers before me also did the same. Generally we dreaded advising him because he would argue with us and try to justify what we were showing him by claiming that it wasn’t mold at all but THC crystals or that we couldn’t tell mold from trichomes. Since I was pre-med in college and had to take advanced chemistry and microbiology classes, I beg to differ. It was very hard for us to efficiently manage the business because of his constant micromanaging and interference. It wasn’t unusual for us to mark the plastic bag with the tainted bud with magic marker on the outside that said MOLDY DO NOT SELL! on the bag. The owner would wait until my day off and instruct the other worker to grind up the moldy product, give it to our joint roller (who I might add was a chemo patient) and have them packaged up in jars for sale. The previous managers and myself did everything in our power including hiding the contaminated marijuana from him. Since we were constantly being filmed, we usually only marginally successful.
I was only involved with one dispensary, so I can not speak for other establishments. WE had a few thousand patients. I do know for a fact that the person that took over my position does not medicate with medical marijuana as the previous managers and I did, so if there is contamination the only effect it would have on him is inhaling the mold during the bottling process. I feel very badly for anyone who goes there an may get mold, e-coli or pesticides in their marijuana, but unfortunately the owner is not someone that I would go head to head with as he has connections that could prove detrimental to anyone who challenges him or their families.
One bright star on the horizon is the fact that there is a device/app that is soon to be launched that can protect patients (especially with compromised immune systems) as well as users who live in states that have not legalized cannabis. It is called MyDx. It is presented by CDx Life. I encourage anyone who reads this to check out their campaign. If you don’t want to fund or pre-order, that’s fine. Just educate yourself and share with anyone who you know is medicating and has a compromised immune system.
Check it out! Click her for campaign and full rundown of device. This is an amazing concept that needs to reach fruition. I can’t say enough about how stoked I am that someone has designed this. Although there are labs that test cannabis, you do not know what kind of contamination will happen to the product prior to being presented to the patient!
I have also created a Facebook page connected to my personal page to inform people about contaminated food, water, air and cannabis. Like it and follow if you want updated information. MyDx Facebook Page.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
November 5, 2012
This blog is designed to help medical marijuana patients with figuring out what strains work best for their particular medical condition. It was one thing when we would just light up a joint and go to a party or a concert. It really doesn’t matter that much what strain you partake in if you are planning to be in a social situation. Unless…you have social anxiety. One interesting thing about cannabis is that it can effect two people completely different. I think that you will see this phenomenon more in the cannabis world than you do with alcohol or pills. Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone has different tolerances to marijuana, alcohol and pills. I for one, can barely take a valium without passing out. When I ingest half of a low dose valium, I have about 5 minutes before may legs go out from underneath me. However, I can smoke most people under the table. I wouldn’t say the same thing about concentrates though. Could it be because I am 3/8ths Native American? It’s possible. Native Americans have mitrochondria that is considered in some realms as ancient. Or, is it simply a matter of natural tolerance? Another confusing factor, it’s become very scientific with all of the testing. I managed a legal medical marijuana dispensary that sent out marijuana for testing as soon as testing was offered. As someone who has over 30 years of medicating with marijuana under my belt, I would say I disagree with a lot of the tests results. We found that we could send numerous samples of the same bud (from the same pound) and we would get results that were all over the place. So, for now, I think other than testing for molds and pesticides, patients should count on the expert bud tenders that most collectives have. If the staff of the collective does not know what to treat you with, don’t bother to try to find out, or just flat out lie to you…FIND ANOTHER ONE. Get recommendations from other patients you may know, or go to the collective’s website or the web to see what kind of praise or complaints they have. Hint: If you check these regularly, do not refresh right when you go on. A lot of dispensary owners will remove or have negative comments removed. If you read first, you will see these if they have been changed since the last time you were on, then you can refresh and see the new postings. There are some wonderful dispensaries and collectives out there that really care about the patients and want to educate others. Then there are some that are in it for profit, treat their staff like slaves and purchase marijuana that has hair, mold and insects packaged in the pound. You definitely don’t want any of that medication, especially if you have a compromised immunity.