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How to treat a moldy bud?

Discussion in 'Harvesting And Curing' started by Night Claptoman, Jan 16, 2010.

    Night Claptoman

    Night Claptoman Well-Known Member

    I just harvested today the top cola of my nirvana's Blue Mystic and it had quite a lot of mold in it.
    I have removed most of what seeds affected and cut the whole part down as it was ripe enough.

    Now it is hanging to dry near my carbon filtered exhaust and I was wondering how should I treat it?

    I thought of giving it the usual 5-7 days drying period, remove anything that still looks like mold, give it another 3-4 days to get crispier and jar it up, openening the jar longer than usual to let more moisture out.
    Jarring it in a seperate jar of course to prevent contamination.

    How do you treat your molded buds?

    Sakca Member

    I scraped my molded buds with my hands and kinda pruned off any patches. So keep doing what your doing your idea after that. Use Isopropyl Alcohol to sterilize.

    REFRIGINATOR Active Member

    The only "treatment" you should give it is to cut it up into individual smaller buds. This way you not only get to inspect the inside of the colas, but being smaller it will dry quicker. Mold fucked up my giant NL buds a few months ago. I must have thrown at least an ounce and a half away. And then I cut up the rest into smaller buds for inspection. The look of that mold really grossed me out.
    Silky Shagsalot

    Silky Shagsalot Well-Known Member

    if it's moldy, throw that shit away! it will funk up your lungs mang!!

    drumbum3218 Well-Known Member

    THC vaporizes at around 365 degrees, most mold vaporizes at 100-180 degrees Farenheit. Put it in the oven at 210 degrees for five to ten minutes. Should cure it of most of the water, and all of the mold should theoretically dissapear, or at least be "dead", while the thc will remain, un-vaporized. Mold spores are what is harmful when inhaled. I've eaten moldy bread before, and inhaled plenty of mold while scrubbing crawl spaces. Its a risk but I'd say its less a risk if you nuke it in the oven first to make the mold no longer "active" or viable. i'm no doctor or scientist tho. at your own discretion and risk

    thewinghunter Active Member

    mold sucks, i just cute the one side off and dried it quickly in oven, now its curing... not sure wut it will smoke like

    Mr.GreenJeans Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Heat it in your oven to around 140-150 degrees for 10 minutes (NO MORE!!!!). That will kill the mold but leave the THC intact. Now it WILL make your smoke a bit harsh, unless you remoisturize it a bit (try putting a few fresh fan leaves in it after you seal everything back up in its jar), but it will salvage it and keep you from having to throw away the fruits of your labor.

    Good luck and good growing my friend!!!!!:bigjoint:
    Night Claptoman

    Night Claptoman Well-Known Member

    Using alchohol will remove the THC. THC melts into alchohol.

    I will do that.

    I'll do that as well. I'll go for 180°F (82C) for 5 minutes twice.
    I'll pop it in the over before its dry so that the inner moisture will be re-distributed while cured.

    Lets hope for the best.

    Thanks alot for the input ;D
    Night Claptoman

    Night Claptoman Well-Known Member


    I've just toasted my buds on 100C for 5 minutes and my whole apartment smells like a fucking coffeeshop!

    That thing STINKS.

    Lets hope it will do the trick however.
    Jerry Garcia

    Jerry Garcia Well-Known Member

    I think you're best bet is to make iso hash out of it. My first harvest had a little mold in one of the colas and it made the entire bud taste terrible...even the parts of the bud not visibly affected by the mold. There's really nothing you can do other than making iso hash.

    But I sure wouldn't smoke that shit.
    Jerry Garcia

    Jerry Garcia Well-Known Member

    I just found this link...http://dope.org/drugs/marijuana/misc/moldy.weed

    The author cites scientific studies, not hearsay, and says many of the molds are deadly. Read the entire article. It's worthwhile.

    "Immunosuppressed individuals and asthmatics should never be exposed to molds,
    especially _Aspergillus._ People using medical marijuana should take extra

    Ungerlerder et al. sterilized marijuana with ethylene oxide, reporting no loss
    of THC from fumigation. These researchers also irradiated their dope with
    high-dose Cobalt 60 (15,000 to 20,000 Gray Units!) with no loss of THC. _This
    method is not recommended for novices._

    Moody et al. evaluated waterpipes for smoking _Aspergillus_-contaminated
    marijuana. Unfortunately, they found only a 15% reduction in transmission of
    fungal spores.

    In Chicago, goofy dudes spray their marijuana with formaldehyde. This kills
    insects and fungi, but at a price. The treated weed, known as AMP, causes
    anoxia and psychomotor retardation when smoked (Spector). According to
    _Newsweek_ (Jan. 20, 1986), a few ill-intentioned dealers dipped marijuana in
    rat poison or insecticides like Black Flag or Raid. They called this product
    "WAC." Indeed. Have a nice day."
    Night Claptoman

    Night Claptoman Well-Known Member

    The link is broken.

    I tossed away the moldy part - of course.
    The rest I keep away, drying out after being toasted in the oven.
    They will be tested before curing. If its bad - it will become screen hash. If its good - it will be jarred.

    I do not intend to "cure" the moldy parts - they are in the trash can already.
    Just tying to salvage whatever possible from the rest.

    It was a huge bud. ;<
    Jerry Garcia

    Jerry Garcia Well-Known Member

    Sorry, here's the proper link


    The point I was trying to make is that the rest of the infected bud isn't good either. It's already been contaminated. Just because you can't see the mold doesn't mean it isn't there. There are likely spores throughout the bud, making it 1) taste bad and 2) potentially VERY bad for you.

    Even if you make screen hash there will still be contaminated plant material that makes it into your final product which you smoke. This is why you have to make iso hash, not screen hash or bubble.
    Night Claptoman

    Night Claptoman Well-Known Member

    I have nothing to do with iso hash. Don't like it.

    I'm reading the article. it suggests this;

    The secret to stopping bacteria and mildew is moisture control. Even grey mold
    dies if plants are carefully and quickly dried. Oven-cured pot rots less than
    air or sweat-cured crops. Sweat-cured _Cannabis_ (remember '70's Colombian?)
    maintains a "tradition" of _Aspergillus_ contamination.

    The oven-drying method inevitably leads to a harsh product. So most people
    air-dry by suspending plants upside down with enough space for circulation.
    Drying rooms should be cool and dry, preferably in uninterrupted darkness.
    (Most storage fungi require light to sporulate and spread.)

    I'll get the buds in a dark bag. It pretty cold where they are (around 17°C) and theres a lot of air circulation. Moreover, most of the spores should have died already.
    The rest of the bud will be treated when harvested.
    Burning Man

    Burning Man Member

    Thanks for all this helpful info. I cut down 2 Hindu Kush gals, cut off the buds & colas(it was topped) & after almost 2 weeks of slow drying the buds were put into tupperware type containers. After 2 days(rotating each day) I noticed some gray mold growing. Threw 'em in a 200 degree(F) oven for about 10 minutes to kill mold....but mold didn't disappear. Is it inactive now or should I give it another 150 degree, 10 oven treatment? Any Ideas? Thanks

    MrBaker Well-Known Member

    One time I didn't burp a jar for a while and some buds inside molded and I went bat-shit. Mold is sort of like mushrooms in that, if you see the outward visible signs then it has permeated through whatever medium. If you were to let the buds get very dry and then hand crumple, you'd see white mold spores "float" from the bud as its being crumpled.

    Here's what I did, and at the very least it got rid of the moldy taste.
    - Sprayed down the nugs (all 3-4 of em) with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. I read some shit in an undergrad microbio txt book about these 2 things possibly killing mold and damaging spores, so I took a shot.
    - Then baked the buds to drive off the vinegar + h2o2 and man did that smell funky.
    - Water cured the buds for an additional 7-10 days. This was to get any nasty taste out and perhaps wash out mold spores.

    I smoked 'em. They didn't taste like mold and I didn't get sick. Other than that, I have no proof my process worked. Most people think that iso hash is the best way to go, and I don't disagree with that as a good plan. I guess it depends on how adventurous you are, how much you'd like to make some hash oil, and how prone you are to sinus/respiratory infections.

    edit - it takes a hell of a lot to kill a mold spore, hence the iso hash method of just extracting chemicals in the buds. What color was the mold? if it was just white and doesn't fluoresce under black light, you probably won't die...just get a sinus infection.

    @ OP, what makes you think that you killed any spores?

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