Can Cannabis go Bad?

Nah, Cannabis doesn’t have a bad bone in its body. Actually, Cannabis is a plant and contains no bones at all. On a more serious note, can Cannabis go bad? Of course it can. Most plants and plant material can degrade, deteriorate and wither due to both natural forces and human intervention (or lack thereof).

Harmful mold spores are the most likely culprit when cannabis goes bad, but there are other usual suspects as well, and they can be caused by a variety of factors.

The first of these factors is what’s known as “bud rot”.  This is often the result of consistent and relentless heavy rain. Nothing is worse than going out to look at your plants one day only to find that your buds are rotting, so if you live in an area that receives excessive precipitation it’s best to regularly give your plants a good shake to to get as much water off and out of the buds as you can.

“Powdery mildew” is another issue you might encounter; this is a white powder-looking substance that covers your plants. It is often found on zucchini plants as well, and word to the wise… you don’t want powdery mildew in your system. While there are many organic ways to solve this particular issue, it’s best to be proactive and avoid it in the first place. Here are a few basic mold-prevention tips: Water the soil, not the plants; dispose of infected leaves and stems; make sure the plants aren’t crowded; repeat steps one through three.

Thirdly, bugs might be the problem.  Bugs can decimate your plants. And if they don’t do so right away, your plants will still be hanging on for dear life until you resolve the issue. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple yet effective solutions when your plants are overrun by bugs.  One of the most popular methods uses predatory bugs that eat and eliminate destructive bugs without causing harm to your plants.

Drying too many plants at the same time can be a major blunder as well.  Many hemp farmers grow more plants than they can harvest in an adequate and appropriate manner. Wet plant material is often clumped together too tightly, not allowing plants to breathe and dry. What‘s the result? You guessed it: unhealthy levels of mold.  Furthermore, improper drying before curing can lead to problems, so make sure you wait until the branches snap before you try to throw your buds in a jar to cure.

In short, cannabis can definitely go bad, but there are plenty of protocols that diligent growers can use to keep their crop healthy and happy.  Apply some of this knowledge to make your awesome plants even better!

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