Is it safe to smoke bud after it’s been sprayed with a miticide used to get rid of a mite problem with my plants?

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Is it safe to smoke bud after it’s been sprayed with a miticide used to get rid of a mite problem with my plants?

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Mites are the biggest challenge to growers after powdery mildew. They are actually easy to get rid of and I will go into that in a minute. First, let’s address the issue of hyperemesis syndrome experienced by chronic cannabis smokers.

Currently, the problem has erupted where smokers are now seemingly allergic to weed, and then they vomit… a lot. Never have there been so many different miticides on the market. I designed Liquid Ladybug years ago and it was the first organic miticide with all the features we needed: lights-on safe, daily-use safe, evaporates off the plant after treatment, leaves no residue, tests negative for pesticide use for dispensary bud sales, and because of that, prevents post-combustion byproducts. When weed is contaminated with residues from miticides, the chemicals used can be transformed by fire into very toxic compounds. Smoking and inhaling these compounds can result in an immune system response and an allergic reaction, such as vomiting.

As growers we have to be concerned about this issue when selecting a miticide. Things that may be generally accepted as safe, like neem, change dramatically when burnt. One of the more clever ways to stop mite infestations is what the head cloner at Oaksterdam University told me 10 years ago. He told me most of the mite problems can be solved by microwaving your growing medium, then rebuilding the soil with compost tea, a good fish emulsion or fertilizer, and minerals to provide the nutrients for optimal growth and to start from scratch with no possibility of mite eggs introduced from bags of new growing mediums. You can make sure your growing plants aren’t exposed to mite-bearing friends, pets, or clones, but if the eggs are in the soil, then there are issues. Microwaves were invented to kill things and break molecular structure. Russia has outlawed them for food production, but they do kill mites in small batches of soil at a time, but killing eggs is the idea, right? Don’t use them for preparing food but keep one around to sterilize the growing medium before you grow. No eggs, no mites.

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Augustus Dunning is the CEO of Eco Organics and is a physicist, chemist and an inventor. He is the former systems ops designer for the International Space Station and a former regional manager of liquid, solid and electric propulsion systems for Pratt and Whitney space propulsion, Edwards AFB, NAWC and JPL.  Full Bio