“You are what you eat!” Ever heard that saying before? Now one could say, “You are what you smoke?” Instead of ingesting fats and carbohydrates that cause diabetes and other diseases, smoking pot says former USC Chemistry professor Dr. Jeff Raber, “It’s really like injecting that pesticide right into your bloodstream.” What? No one ever told you this before? You thought pot is organic-right? It has to be, because it’s grown and it’s the flip side of cigarettes; those nicotine cancer-causing sticks. Well, think again. Not only are pesticides used by marijuana growers, but pesticides are used, such as Myclobutanil, which is a chemical fungicide. FYI, fungicides are used by growers – all farmers, not just pot farmers, to inhibit or kill fungal disease in plants. However, according to Dr. Raber USC chemist, “…the body doesn’t filter pesticides when inhaled…”
Ok, you say we are all exposed to this by eating fruits and vegetables, but here’s the catch; we don’t smoke fruits and vegetables. However, people do smoke pot either in bud orvape form. Here’s the problem. In the heated stage, Myclobutanil changes to deadly HYDROGEN CYANIDE, which is used to kill humans – like Hitler stuff and Syria. Puff away. Yup, it has been used in chemical warfare. Don’t freak out, no casualties have occurred – yet. But, if you’ve ever felt numbness in your hands and feet, or blurry vision it may be directly related to the pot you’re smoking! Whether it’s black market pot or your local dispensary pot – most have pesticides. Click on this link for NBC4’s chart/report of 44 shops surveyed undercover. Legalization will have a positive impact by testing for pesticides. And here’s another tidbit to know; California is the worst state for pesticide-infected pot!
Not only is it infecting the users, but our national forests are taking a beating from illegal pot growers, in particular the Trinity National Forests. Cesspools of toxic chemical fertilizers fill ponds that leach into the ground water. Oh wait a minute, does that mean our drinking water may be tainted with Myclobutanil and more? No regulations- who knows how much is deposited into our public water and rivers.
Further, according to Reuter’s writer Sharon Bernstein, illegal pot growers are using “fertilizers and pesticides long restricted or banned in the United States.” In fact state Assemblyman Jim Wood states, “These places aren’t safe to go into.” It will cost the California taxpayers $100,000 to clean up these sites. But here’s the final clincher to put all of this into perspective. Ecologist Mourad Gabriel states, “After a year or two, growers often abandon sites, leaving containers of chemical so toxic a quarter-teaspoon could kill a bear!”
Read the entire article by Sharon Bernstein, “Toxic Waste from the U.S. Pot Farms Alarms Experts”
By Sharla Esparza