Cannabis Sprays Explored: Caustic Soaps and Salts

Article by Travis Cesarone, Cannabis Life Network


We certainly want to smoke clean buds, but this feat cannot be naturally achieved if cannabis is grown in a massive warehouse or extensive field. Rather than relying on small batches, some producers turn to horticultural soaps to solve this common agriculture hurdle. This is also why you wash your apples before crunching into them.

Cannabis, unfortunately, does not have such a simple solution. Although buds sprayed clean will not have the infectious quality of a bacteria-ridden flower, they will instead carry caustic byproducts when you smoke them.

Insecticide Soaps

These soaps, also known as potassium salts of fatty acids, are typically used to kill certain insects or control powdery mildew.

They can cause irritation and moderate eye injuries.

High doses in humans may cause stomach upset and vomiting if you managed to eat enough.

Below is a list of soapy pesticides approved for application on cannabis:

Neudosan Commercial, Opal Insecticidal Soap, and Kopa Insecticidal Soap

Soaps can be a type of salt that is made by mixing a fatty-acid with a strong, caustic base. The two react together, neutralizing the solution when things are mixed precisely. Dangerous chemicals can become safe after a well-calculated reaction – a reaction similar to baking soda and vinegar. However, the base is much stronger and the acid, in this case, is derived from a fat.

A Soaps History

They can be made with animal or plant fat.

Palm and coconut oil are the main sources, though. Soaps made with palm oil and ash were first created four thousand years ago.

Nowadays, many soaps and surfactants exist. Each one is made in its own unique process. To produce a soap derived of potassium salts, fatty-acids are always mixed with caustic potash (potassium hydroxide).

Thoroughly flushing a plant is a necessity if soap is going to be used. Unfortunately, growers are allowed to use these soapy salts the day of harvest, liberally, rather than utilizing a finessed spot-treatment. Eating tiny amounts might be harmless, but smoking residual suds may not bring on positive outcomes.


The harsh products produced from setting flame to salt is the real concern- like when you spark up your cannabis. The salt will decompose from the heat and release oxides of the original compounds. Burning this variation will release potassium oxide, which can combine with water in the atmosphere and turn back into caustic potash.

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