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Pesticides commonly used on marijuana linked to Autism.
A new study
released by U.C Davis found an alarming connection between organophosphates and neurobehavioral developmental delays in
fetuses and children, even at low levels of exposure.
The study found that women living within a mile of agricultural fields that are sprayed with pesticides were much more likely
to have children who are developmentally delayed and autistic, but itís not just agricultural crops that are soaked in pesticides.
The marijuana boon is creating itís own casualties. Pesticides commonly used on marijuana are Phosmet, Diazinon, and Avid.
Organophosphates are derivatives of phosphonic acid, or OP for short, and are the basis for making pesticides, insecticides and
herbicides including malathion, diazinon, phosmet, and avid. The chemicals are reported to be highly toxic to humans, animals and
According to an article by Evan Mascagni
, a leading marijuana testing facility has found that marijuana contains as much
as 60 times the level of pesticides that is allowed for store bought food items, but marijuana is not even regulated for pesticide
To make matters worse, Jeffrey Raber
presented a study to Humboldt State University that concluded as much as 70% of the pesticides
sprayed on marijuana buds can be transferred to inhaled smoke. ďI think that what's so alarming to us is that such a huge amount of
pesticide material could be transferred,Ē Raber said. ďAnd, you have to consider that when you inhale (something), it's much like
injecting it directly into your blood stream.Ē Raber also claims the use of pesticides on marijuana is illegal in California but it
hasnít stopped profiteers who continue to thumb their noses at serious health concerns.
Jane Weirick Carlson, (Sister
Mary Jane) was a buyer for the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club and founder of Patients Resource Center in San Francisco. As part
of her job as a buyer she handled crude marijuana on a daily basis and was concerned to find out that several growers were using very
high levels of pesticides on their indoor grows. She developed a rare nerve disorder that many are blaming on her exposure to the
organophosphate pesticide Avid. An article on the Examiner
sayís she was a pioneer and prominent figure in the marijuana movement.
Hereís an excerpt from the article ďAs a buyer, and a manager of teams of trimmers and packagers, she (Jane) handled marijuana all
day long every day for a decade. And that's what killed her. Not the marijuana, but pesticides which were both absorbed through her
skin and inhaled and, possibly, ingested. Avid is the prime suspect.Ē.
Jane Weirick Carlson died the age of 46.
work well as a filter for marijuana soaked n pesticides. It doesnít remove enough of the toxin. Pesticide levels even after filtering
through a water pipe, vaping machine or e cigarette, are still very high with pesticides that were never meant to be ingested by humans
to begin with. Organophosphate are nerve agents, the same thing used in Vietnam's agent orange nightmare. Organic marijuana
in California is almost non existent. According to marijuana activists, itís cost prohibitive.
Austism is a neurological disorder that causes sensory overload. Itís the inability to appropriately respond to your surroundings.
Itís an over or under sensitivity to pain, sound, emotions and behavior. Itís marked differences in perceptions and thought processes.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control
determined that approximately1 in 68 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
in the United States. In 2012 the rate of autism was 1 in 88. Two years later it has increased by 30 percent. From 1993 to 2003, there
has been a 657% increase in the nationwide rate of autism. It is the fastest growing serious disability in the US, with no medical
detection or cure available. Boys are nearly 5 times as likely to have autism, and it costs the average family $60K a year to care
for an autistic child. Only 56% of children graduate from high school.
The organophosphates used on marijuana are not monitored. In fact no one is monitoring pesticide levels, or doing much to stop the
overuse and abuse of pesticides on marijuana, and this highly toxic marijuana is being sold at dispensaries across the state, as dispensary
owners, growers, and others who profit from the industry continue to turn a cold shoulder, as they deliberately mislead the
public into thinking marijuana is safer then alcohol.