Commercial production of industrial hemp – an endocannabinoid-rich strain of the cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC – has only been legal in the U.S. for two years since the Farm Bill was passed in 2018. This means that the government is just beginning the long process of researching the safe use of pesticides for industrial hemp. However, this does not prevent farmers from continuing to grow it to meet increasing consumer demand. *
When mbg recently spoke to industry expert Carl Germano, RD, CNS, CDN, author of Road to Ananda: Simple Guide to Endocannabinoid System, Hemp Phytocannabinoids / CBD and Your Health, he said he regularly sees pesticides and herbicides Fight the variety of pests and natural predators that flock to industrial hemp crops.
A review of the literature on cannabis contaminants from 2018 confirms him: The test showed that pesticides are definitely used for the different plant varieties. A Washington, USA study found that 84.6% of 26 samples of legalized cannabis products tested positive for "significant amounts" of pesticides such as insecticides, fungicides, miticides, and herbicides.
Chemical pesticides are not only dangerous for farmers and the environment, but can also pose a health risk. "Their direct human toxicity is insufficiently quantified but includes infection, carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental effects." More research needs to be done to determine the amount of pesticides that are considered unsafe. However, the versatility of the cannabis plant complicates these studies.
"Unlike many of our currently regulated crops, cannabis can be dried or converted to oils by concentrating and applying all chemicals to the plants. We don't know how these concentrations can affect users who absorb and inhale the end products. " Janna Beckerman, a Purdue professor of botany and plant pathology, writes about her team's most recent research paper, Cannabis as a Riddle. They suggest that some chemicals can spray safely on industrial hemp that turns into a t-shirt, but not on hemp that becomes an ingestible supplement, so there are some nuances there.