The marijuana industry has a pesticide problem. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate pesticides used for growing cannabis because the plant is still illegal at a federal level. Since many marijuana growers are not familiar with the effects of various pesticides, dangerous products are often used. Compounding this problem, many marijuana growing operations are indoors where there is less ventilation and greater risk. Here is a short list of pesticides to avoid.
- Myclobutanil - Prevents brown patches in turf, ornamental plants, and fruits. Myclobutanil is the active ingredient in Eagle 20 pesticides, it is only considered slightly hazardous as it can cause vomiting, itchiness, nausea, headache, skin rash, nosebleed, and eye irritation.
- Imidacloprid - This pesticide is found in Confidor and Gaucho products. It is moderately hazardous, causing fatigue, cramps, muscle weakness, and twitching.
- Avermectin - Found in Lucid and Avid products; Avermectin is harmful if inhaled and causes birth defects such as cleft palates.
- Etoxazole - One of the less dangerous pesticides, Etoxazole causes enlarged livers when inhaled.
- Bifenazate - Bifenazate causes a decrease in weight and urinary volume, leading to extramedullary hematopoiesis in the spleen.
To avoid becoming sick or making others sick, be sure to research all pesticides before applying them.