It is quite common for mold or fungus to grow on cannabis, especially so when cultivated outdoors. It is usually found in the form of powdery mildew, aspergillus, or gray mold. Aspergillus and other molds are present virtually everywhere, both in- and outside, so it is safe to assume a plant grown outdoors is likely to contain at least some spores. But even in indoor cultivation environments, there are many ways cannabis can become contaminated with mold and/or bacteria. Employee foot traffic and incoming raw material supplies are common sources of cannabis bacteria, and environmental factors contribute significantly; a slight change in temperature and humidity, particularly inside or within a greenhouse, can start the development of cannabis mold. Ingestion of these contaminants can cause respiratory problems in the consumer. Mold can also cause substantial financial losses for cannabis companies. If a marijuana sample tests positive for mold or fungus, the entire batch may have to be destroyed. And since all batches be tested for these contaminants, the business risk can be substantial: some studies have shown that many grow operations destroy up to 20% of harvest/month due to mold.
While some cases of mold can appear in the cultivation process, especially in outdoor cultivation, the majority comes after harvest during drying or curing if moisture levels are too high. But what if the drying and curing process contained a cannabis decontamination step that could be easily applied to every batch to kill bacteria and mold spores? The yield rate can be dramatically increased!
SentrySciences offers the most reliable cannabis-specific solution on the market today. Bioreset® delivers Vapor-Phase Hydrogen Peroxide (V-PHP) decontamination technology that kills yeast, mold, and bacteria, including Aspergillus, E.Coli, and Salmonella, while still protecting your crop. It can be used to decontaminate grow rooms before the product is placed in the room and/or during the drying process to decontaminate the harvest as one of the final steps before packaging. Even better - the V-PHP breaks down into water and oxygen after the gassing cycle has completed, and our testing has shown that neither potency, nor terpene quality is affected.
Some of the most common bacteria and mold found on cannabis are:
BACTERIA: Bacillus, Clostridium, Mycobacterium, Listeria, Lactobacillus, Enterococcus, Staphylococcus, Enterobacter, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Serratia, Salmonella, Yersinia, Legionella, Acietobacter, Pseudomonas, Acholeplasma.
VIRUS:Herpesviridae, Iridoviridae, Poxviridae, Adenoviridae, Orthomyxoviridae, Paramyxoviridae, Parvoviridae, Rhabdoviridae, Flaviviridae, Arenaviridae, Caliciviridae, Picornaviridae, Reoviridae.
FUNGI:Alternaria, Aspergillus, Blastomyces, Candida, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Penicillium.