Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pesticides commonly used on marijuana linked to Autism.


By Linda Taylor - The Stanislaus County Insider - - June 25, 2014
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 it’s not just agricultural crops that are soaked in pesticides.

The marijuana boon is creating it’s 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 bee’s.

According to an article by EvanMascagni, 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 use.

 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.

“I think that what's so alarming to us is that such a huge amount of pesticide material could be transferred,” Raber said.

“And, you have to consider that when you inhale (something), it's much like injecting it directly into your blood stream.”

Raber also claims the use of pesticides on marijuana is illegal in California but it hasn’t 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 say’s she was a pioneer and prominent figure in the marijuana movement.

Here’s an excerpt from the article “As 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.”.

Jane Weirick Carlson died the age of 46.

Water doesn’t work well as a filter for marijuana soaked in pesticides. 

It doesn’t 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, it’s cost prohibitive. 

Austism is a neurological disorder that causes sensory overload.

It’s the inability to appropriately respond to your surroundings.

It’s an over or under sensitivity to pain, sound, emotions and behavior.

It’s 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.