Uh-oh, Ontario. Buzzkiller. Barely six weeks into the era of legal weed in Canada, cannabis connoisseurs in the province of Ontario found that they have some unwanted guests at their sesh. Consumers have been unwittingly smoking little almost microscopic mites.
The good news is that it’s only one shop which is affected by the mite blight. The bad news is that Ontario only has one shop.
The Ontario Cannabis Store has some ‘splaining to do after consumers started sharing photos and videos on Reddit featuring little bugs nestled into their weed. You can go to the thread yourself if you want to read the thoughts of some P.O.’d potheads, but here are a few highlights cherry-picked just for you:
“As someone who has ordered multiple strains from them and smoked all of, I’m pretty disgusted.”
“same:( my skin is crawling reading all this”
“Sure enough, my nugs are actually little bug hotels. Shits about to hit the fan.”
After news of the outbreak, another Reddit user helpfully bought every strain from OCS, inspected them for bugs, and listed every one with a detectable bug problem:
- E.C. – Lot # 2B1L2 – Packaged Aug 3, 2018
- Shark Shock – Lot #1B2L3 – Packaged Oct 24, 2018
- White Shark – Lot #2b1l1 – Packaged Aug 7, 2018
- God Bud – Lot #1b1l3 – Packaged Aug 7, 2018
- White Widow – Lot # 3b1l2 – Packaged July 20, 2018
- Wappa – Lot #3b1l3 – Packaged Aug 6, 2018
- Shiskaberry – Lot # 4b1l1 – Packaged Aug 15, 2018
However, OCS’s supplier says that actually the mites are intentionally used as a safe alternative to pesticides. RedeCan President and Master Grower Rick Redecop told CityNews that the mites which users found are actually harmless and that their presence keeps away spider mites, a bug which actually is harmful to cannabis.
“We know that [the bugs] do not have any sort of ill effects. It is actually a safer product because we don’t use things like pesticides,” Redecop said.
So… smoking bugs is good? Still, maybe OCS could have done their customers a solid and, you know, told them that they were going to be smoking bugs. Like that thing where Starbucks got yelled at because they were putting crushed-up insects in their frappuccinos. Just a little consideration is all we’re saying.
Photo via Flickr user mattsweedaccount