Marijuana: Know Thy Grower

Years ago I reasoned that some commercial pot growers would resort to insecticides if they were faced with losing an entire crop due, say, to spider mites. I thought of people buying organic produce at Whole Foods, then smoking marijuana that had been sprayed with toxic chemicals. A friend of mine said, “They’re smoking paraquat.”

Pot smokers, beware. Here is a Google search I did today on the subject:

The big commercial operators have a way different modus operandi than people who grow outdoors, with untreated water, compost, organic supplements, and sunshine. No electricity for light or fans, no chemical fertilizers or insecticides, no soil-less, hydroponic wizardry.

AND — I’ve had conversations with people about vaporizers, costing between $200-600. “Oh, way too expensive.” Well, how much are your lungs worth?

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Marijuana: Know Thy Grower

  1. I saw a bottle of Paraquat in a tobacco barn in Western Ky. It was in the late 70's, the barn had to be almost a century old by then. Rich dark smell of thousands of pounds of burley tobacco being smoked in that barn. Hung to the rafters with brown leaves.
    Sitting there pretty as your please, an old brown bottle with a parchment poison label, "Paraquat". I didn't dare touch it.

  2. I wanted to try a portable vaporizer on the cheap, so ordered the Airis Viva from Chinese site for only $24 with shipping and insurance. It works great for personal consumption, I'm perfectly happy with it. It's def the way to go, no stress on the lungs at all.

    I returned yesterday to Tucson from a special run up to Cortez CO, my first visit ever to legal dispensaries. It was a great experience! Everything sold in CO is labeled tested by law for contaminants.

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