Cannabis (weed, marijuana, etc.) and plant growth regulators (PGR) are in the spotlight due to their potentially harmful effects on human consumption in Australia. PGR nutrients may produce harmful chemicals in your weed.
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 bad for marijuana cultivation and harmful to smoke or vape?
More Australians are becoming aware of the dangers behind PGR chemical nutrients and how PGR weed can cause permanent damage when inhaled or consumed. PGR nutrients are used to boost the growth of grass on your lawn chemically. So there’s no surprise that using the same chemical nutrients on marijuana plants will lead to some dangerous results.
PGR weed has flooded Australia’s recreational weed market, and it’s so bad that people have forgotten what natural weed tastes like. One trip over to North America will open your eyes to the wonders of natural weed with no dangerous PGR chemicals.
We are covering a few main points around PGR weed and all general things Plant Growth Regulating (PGR) with Cannabis in Australia!
Table of Contents.
What Is PGR Weed, Marijuana or Cannabis?
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 has 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.
PGR weed still exists in Australia because it produces larger weed flowers faster, but the result isn’t a great product. Since PGR weed is the standard in Australia, most people don’t realise that natural marijuana is any different.
How To Tell If Your Weed 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 apparent visual is its density. The PGR grown cannabis plants produce dense weed that’s heavier and more profitable when selling by weight.
Are PGRs In Marijuana, Harmful & Dangerous? Can PGR Weed Kill You?
Since the 1980s, there has been evidence that PGRs can cause liver damage, infertility, and cancer when PGR agricultural products are consumed.
That’s not to say that PGRs are bad and should be outright banned, but they should not be used in plants that are going to be consumed or have their extracts used on humans.
For the legitimate cannabis cultivation industry, such as MEDIFARM’s cannabis facility in Queensland, they follow strict cultivation guidelines to make medical marijuana products safe for consumption.
You should not smoke, vape, eat, or drink any form of cannabis grown with PGRS due to their toxicity and harmful effects. There is evidence that shows PGR chemicals in marijuana can cause serious harm.
It might not kill you overnight, but it can certainly cause permanent damage to your body.
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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