Plant Growth Regulators (PGR) and their use in growing cannabis in Australia is a hot topic. They are the reason the weed you by is rock solid and a bit off-colour. But why is PGR is bad for marijuana cultivation and harmful to smoke or vape?
This is our guide covering all things Plant Growth Regulating (PGR) with Cannabis in Australia!
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A quick summary.
PGRs are a synthetic form of natural Plant Growth Hormones that induces growth of shoots and roots, extends the life of the plant, speeds up germination, and triggers flowering.
In theory, they are a great idea to efficiently grow marijuana, but in reality, the buds are toxic and harmful to smoke.
They have legitimate uses with hedges and grass as it accelerates the growth of plants, but have too many negative effects when consumed.
Australia’s drug market is flooded with rock-hard PGR weed that have low THC content and high chemical content. It’s not uncommon for smokers to prefer PGR weed as they get a chemical high from it.
Growing with cannabis with PGR allows you to germinate faster, stimulating the growth and triggering the flowering. The result is a faster-growing cannabis plant that produces heavier bud that is low in THC and laced with chemicals.
We strongly recommend against PGR as it might not be as harmful in the short-term, but in the long-term, it can cause infertility, chest and breathing pains, cancer, and more.
How To Tell If Your Bud Is Laced With PGR
There are more ways than one to tell if you have PGR weed. We will cover a few of the main telltale signs of PGR laced marijuana, and also provide images to compare.
The obvious signs of PGR weed are:
Rock hard dense bud
Little to no crystals
Harsh chemical taste
Fast acting chemical high that can cause a headache and a lethargic high
These signs of PGR weed vary, but the most obvious visual is its density. The PGR grown cannabis plants produce dense weed that’s heavier and more profitable when selling by weight.
James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.
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