Aloha Weed Lovers! How’s everybody hanging?
So there is this trend that has been going on for a few years now, and when I say trend I don’t mean in a good way! Ever hear of grit weed? If not, grit weed is weed that has been laced with something other than weed.
Usually the weed is laced in order to make it either heavier or appear to have more trichomes. The scary part is this is happening all over the world and not just a few isolated incidents! Apparently this is more prevalent in the U.K. but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t show up here on American soils.
It obviously is happening more with buying your weed “illegally”, so no worries from anyone in a legal state. So how does it happen? Maybe you went to a new guy, maybe its your regular guy and he got a different supplier, maybe that supplier is a POS and wants to make more profits. There are literally 100’s of different combinations of how it could happen, all that really matters is that it is happening.
What kind of scum of the earth would do such a thing? People that want to get rich thats who!
Anyways, so what is it getting laced with? Well a big common one is glass!! Freaking Glass! The glass gives it more weight as well as giving it a shiny effect to make the buyer believe it’s some heady shit. Some of the glass is microscopically small and can’t be seen with the naked eye, sometimes they don’t try to hide it as well and you will actually find decent size flakes that you can feel with your fingers. A way to test if your stash has been contaminated with glass take a bud and rub it across a smooth surface like a CD or a mirror, something you don’t mind getting scratched.
Another way to lace our sweet candy is by making it actually sweet! Spraying a sugar water mixture on the nugs, then leaving to dry out gives the buds more weight and appears to be more crystalline. The nugs will smell almost sweet and will taste like ass. We end up being screwed but the supplier or dealer is laughing their way to the bank. One of the best ways to test is to look at the stems, scrape the stem with your nail and see if anything flakes off , if it does then you know its been coated with some type of sub
stance. Theres not much crystal on the stems if any so when it looks like there is its an obvious giveaway that its been adulterated, you may see fine hairs which is normal.
Sand is something else that apparently has made it’s way into weed. Again, gives it more weight but not a aesthetic feature. Dirt makes the same appearance in that category. Which I am sure as I am a stoner, Smoking sand and dirt is not exactly my idea of a good time! Unfortunately there is no real way to get it out of your weed. When you grind up weed like this it will give you grit, hence the coin of the “grit weed”. It will feel like dirt or sand and not light and fluffy like it should be.
A distinct different route is spraying the cannabis with chemicals, like “Brix+”. Now the forums are divided on this issue – some people see the 100% organic formula as a bonus as it apparently improves yield and adds a sweet taste. But the question has been raised whether smoking it is good for you, and people just don’t know. Other forumers are angry that people are spraying their plants with it and think of them as cheating people out of money with the 22% extra yield you get from spraying the buds 10 days before harvest, 5 days before harvest and then soaking them in Brix+ when you crop before allowing them to air dry.
My personal opinion is that it’s not a good idea to use Brix+, even though its harms seem negligible compared to glass beads and sand. What’s wrong with buds just the way God intended them? Brix+ growers probably wouldn’t admit to it, so how do we measure the scale of cannabis being sprayed with this?
As with all of the illegal drugs industry, the quote ‘it’s all about the profit’ comes to mind. Check out ‘Talk To Frank’ by Virus Syndicate for some relevant and funny listening. We also have to remember that this is coupled with the increased risks growers face. We like to think it isn’t moving more and more into the hands of organized crime, who are not only more profit-driven than Joe Blow growing a few plants for him and his token buddies, but will not care about the dangers of contaminating cannabis in order to add to its value.
This is not even mentioning that they could in theory grow half the number of plants resulting in lower risks during production, then spray it with glass and have the same weight that they would have achieved at a higher risk and at more cost. With an ounce of high grade weed costing at least $200 in my area at the moment (I’ve heard up to $260!) the is a serious amount of money to be made in cannabis. This makes it the perfect organized crime, and the only way to reduce putting money into the pockets of criminals in ways such as this is for the government to legalize and tax cannabis.
But this problem isn’t limited to illegal activities, the sales of the grow shops have increased since then proportionally to the amounts of cutting agents. Due to the popularity of home growing, the situation improved in Germany, however, this dangerous way of raising profits has even penetrated Amsterdam’s coffee shop scene.
“Banana-Haze” or “Strawberry-Kush” often turns out to be the nastiest fruit-flavored medicine. The buds are inedible, and start to mold in the zipper-bag after three hours, just like lettuce in a plastic bag. The cannabis college has warned its visitors not to purchase fruity strains since 2015, and even forbids its consumption in the colleges vaporizer with warning signs: “Please let the staff check your cannabis before using the vaporizers. Apple and Strawberry Weed are not allowed.” The warning in Amsterdam’s activist center is the best evidence that the disgusting buds have reached the coffee shops of Europe’s cannabis-metropolis.
This is why our government need to regulate cannabis (not just tolerate it), to the extent that things like this simply would not happen. At the moment people may only have one choice of cannabis, from their local dealer. If they were faced with buying cannabis from an unregulated source where it may possibly be contaminated or could purchase it legally through government-approved dispensaries which would they choose? Undoubtedly the safe, trusted cannabis dispensary, a place they know will not be spraying their product in fear of losing their government-approved status.
Before consuming a new batch of cannabis, be sure to closely inspect the bud, using a magnifying glass if necessary. Look out for whitish crystalline substances (that are NOT trichomes—the difference can be negligible with some higher-quality contaminants, so be careful!), as well as stems that appear to be caked in a foreign substance. Stems can often be a clearer indication of contaminants, as the fine particles can often be hidden among the irregular surface of the buds themselves.
Rub a piece of bud or stalk between your fingers to test for the presence of spray. You may feel a chalky, dry texture, as well as individual grains of grit, glass or sugar. As well as using your fingers, you can also touch the tip of your tongue to the bud and then rub your tongue along your lips or the roof of your mouth to test for grainy substances. Be careful not to swallow any contaminants, as they could be harmful.
Other Methods of Detection
If you are passed a joint that you believe contains contaminated cannabis, assess the quality of the smoke itself. If the smoke is particularly harsh and chemical, it may indicate the presence of contaminants. As well as sprayed contaminants, it may also indicate mold or excessive, unflushed nutrients—either way, if your bud tastes particularly bad, it may very well contain chemicals harmful to your health. Well-flushed, professionally-grown cannabis should have a clean, juicy taste, so always pay attention to the flavor.
Another very important means of detection is checking your ash. Some common contaminants, particularly building grit, cause the ash of cannabis joints to become hard and compacted, so that when the joint is tapped the ash remains in place. Such ash may also be very dark in color, although this is not always the case.
Super long story short, BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE BUYING AND ALWAYS TEST THE MERCH BEFORE PURCHASE! Be safe out there guys!