A CDC study found people who smoked cannabis had a slightly higher risk of fungal infections than those who didn’t
A government report warns that cannabis could cause deadly infections, not from the smoke it creates, but from fungus and mold that grow on the plant’s flowers.
The study, published on May 13 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, builds on previous research in California and Colorado that found legal marijuana was contaminated with pesticides and mold, and could pose a risk to people prescribed marijuana for medical conditions.
In the new report, CDC researchers looked at 2016 health data from around 27 million people in an IBM database and scanned it to see if there was a link between cannabis use and fungal infections.
They found 40 of the 53,000 people who used cannabis developed a fungal infection in 2016 — roughly 0.07% of them. By comparison 6,294 of the 21 million non-cannabis users contracting a fungal infection (or, 0.02%). The likelihood was extremely low across the board, but the CDC issued a report on their findings, warning that, proportionally, fungal infections were more 3.5 times common among cannabis users.
The researchers said that marginally increased risk is still cause for concern because of the potentially deadly nature of fungal and mold infections, and existing evidence that cannabis is susceptible to fungus growth.
“In this large commercially insured population in the United States, cannabis use was associated
with a higher prevalence of certain fungal infections,” the researchers wrote.
“Although these infections were uncommon, they can result in substantial illness and even death, particularly in immunocompromised persons.”
Those who used cannabis and got fungal infections tended to be young and immunocompromised
Overall, cannabis users were more likely to report having fungal infections than the non-cannabis user population.
The researchers said this could be because 60% of the cannabis users they looked at smoked it regularly, which could make them more susceptible to illness in general.
Indeed, 43% of cannabis users who had fungal infections were immunocompromised, and 40% of cannabis users who had fungal infections were hospitalized upon their diagnosis because of the severity of their conditions.
Fungal infections can range from mild to severe, but for immunocompromised people who have HIV, underwent chemotherapy, or have other conditions that weaken their immune response, the infections can be life-threatening, according to the CDC.
For normally healthy people, a fungal infection can lead to a rash, allergies, or asthma, but in more severe instances, it can cause pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections.
They also found that cannabis users who had fungal infections tended to be younger than those who didn’t use cannabis but had fungal infections. The median age for a cannabis user with a fungal infection was 41.5, but for non-smokers it was 56.
Cannabis plants can be susceptible to fungus and mold
There were caveats to the study. They relied on self-reported claims about cannabis use, which could have skewed their findings.
The researchers also couldn’t determine the source of the subjects’ fungal infections, so it’s impossible to say if cannabis use caused them.
There’s no federal institution that requires cannabis dispensaries or growers to test their cannabis, so companies tend to create their own protocols, Business Insider previously reported. Often, they use third-party labs to test their cannabis batches for fungus, mold, and pesticides.
You can ask for more information about your cannabis, or abstain from using it to protect your health
If people want to continue using cannabis but worry about fungus and mold content, they should ask budtenders at dispensaries to provide testing documentation, Donald Land, chief scientific consultant at cannabis and tech firm Steep Hill, previously told Business Insider.
They can compare the document with a state’s guidance on threshold levels, like the one Oregon provides its residents.
The researchers who did the study suggested people who are immunocompromised reconsider smoking cannabis to protect their health.
People who use cannabis and are immunocompromised could be at risk for deadly complications like pneumonia, according to the CDC-backed study.
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Basic / Breeders Info
Candida is a mostly sativa variety from MM Genetics and can be cultivated indoors (where the plants will need a flowering time of ±63 days ) and outdoors . MM Genetics’ Candida is a CBD Strain without THC and is/was only available as feminized seeds.
MM Genetics’ Candida Description
Candida is the flagship strain of Medical Marijuana Genetics, a feminized strain with very high CBD content and thus ideal for a large number of medical conditions.
It is then suitable to treat ADHD, anorexia, autism, depression, epilepsy and many others.
This strain was created in tribute to the mpther – already deceased – of the founder of this seed company, and the name means “bright light” in Latin. A ray of light for patients suffering from pains and chronic diseases, as well as muscle injuries.
This awesome Indica/Sativa hybrid was created by crossing two high CBD strains, ACDC and Harlequin. The offspring of this cross has very low THC content so it doesn’t get you high.
Thus, this plant can be used throughout the day without a problem, being able to perform your daily activities while you’re treating your condition.
Candida, High CBD cannabis strain
Candida can contain from 10 to 20%CBD, while THC content is never above 1%. As usually happens, CBD content depends on phenotypes.
The Sativa phenotype, with longer internodal spacing, reaches higher CBD content than the Indica phenotype, although the latter esily reaches 10% CBD.
This strain is quite stable and all plants contain high amounts of CBD, although selecting a mother plant is recommended to keep the most suitable phenotype for each user.
This CBD queen can be grown either indoors, where it needs around 9 weeks of bloom, or outdoors, where it’ll be ready to harvest by October. Results are always the same, top quality medical buds!
Yields are average/high, depending on growing conditions and techniques. Indoors, it can yield up to 450g/m2, a bit more for the Indica pheno, which can reach 550g/m2 with the SOG technique.
Organoleptically, its flavor clearly reminds of citric fruits, especially lemon, with sweet and candy notes.
Medical Marijuana Genetisc Candida info:
Genetics: Harlequin x ACDC
Type: Feminized seeds
Indoor flowering: 9 weeks
Outdoor harvest: October
Indoor yield: 400-450g/m2
Outdoor yield: +500g/plant
Where to buy Candida cannabis seeds?
Candida from Medical Marijuana Genetics is available only as feminized seeds. Regular seeds are not available at the moment. In 10 seedbanks, we found 32 offers between EUR 12.50 for 1 feminized seed and EUR 487.72 for 50 feminized seeds. If you are looking to buy Candida Cannabis Seeds from Medical Marijuana Genetics somewhere – have a look to our Candida Price Comparison page with all current offers from all the connected seedbanks and shops – or visit one of the following tested, trustworthy and recommended seed-shops directly to check out their current Candida offers: canna-seed.com, Mary’s Seeds, Seedsman, Cheeba Beans, Herbies Head Shop, Canna-Seed Seed Shop, Cannapot Hanfshop, Linda Seeds | Linda Semilla, Alchimia Grow Shop and Oaseeds.
MM Genetics’ Candida is a cupwinning variety and won the 2nd Place at the Spannabis Cannabis Champions Cup 2017 in the category CBD Flowers, submitted by Medical Marijuana Genetics!
We’ve collected strain info from 2 growers for Candida.
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