Article by TG Branfalt Jr, Ganjapreneur
For the second time in a month, the Oregon Health Authority has issued an alert over tainted cannabis sold in state dispensaries, Salem-News reports. The alert affects the strains Pleeze, Dryzl, and Dutch Treat.
Strains of Pleeze and Dryzl sold at Stonies in North Bend and Green-Way Medicinal in Salem were found to have levels of the pesticide piperonyl butoxide above OHA regulations. The sales at Stonies occurred between Oct. 16 and Oct. 25 and affect about 250 customers. Sales of the tainted strains at Green-Way affect about 90 customers and occurred between Oct. 15 and Oct. 23.
The “action level” set by the OHA for piperonyl butoxide is 2 parts per million; the Pleeze strain tested at 15.39 ppm, while Dryzl tested for 16.24 ppm – both exceeding OHA levels by 8 times. The compound is classified as a synergist chemical, meaning that the chemicals enhance the pesticidal effects of other compounds but do not have an effect on their own.
The strain of Dutch Treat affected by the alert contained higher-than-permitted levels of spinosad and was sold between Oct. 15 and Oct. 26 at Flower of Lyfe in Eugene. The OHA action level for the compound is 0.2 ppm, and the affected strains were found to have 0.9 ppm. The compound is known to have low toxicity to people and other mammals.