Growth Inhibitors: Stay Away From These They Are Not For Human Consumption
I was looking up info on Dutch Masters Reverse, it is a product used to reverse a male flower back into a female flower. I understand why some growers would want to use a growth regulator, I would never use one because I don't like to mess with Mother Nature, especially by using freaky chemicals. If I have a hermaphrodite I just remove it from the room as soon as I notice male flowers on it. I'm not going to spray some controversial chemical on it to make to reverse back to a female, I'm not that desperate & that's just not my style of growing. I like to keep it as natural, organic and as simple as possible (K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stupid)
I did some research on the effects of growth regulators on cannabis and wanted to share what I learned with other growers who use it or are thinking of using a growth regulator. I want people to be safe when smoking their home grown medicine and adding a bunch of freaky chemicals like growth regulators IS not good for anyones health as noted in this video...
I found the following information on Jorge Cervantes website...
Growth Retardants by Jorge Cervantes
CAUTION! Do not use growth regulators on cannabis, period! NO GROWTH REGULATOR IS LABELED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. All growth retardants leave residues in the plant, some like paclobutrazole (AKA Bonzi and Bushmaster, among others) remain in the plant for years and will show up in the buds and other foliage. In the USA and Canada, none of these products are allowed on the shelf or for use without a license to sell and apply. One company, Dutch Master, almost went out of business because their formula contained growth regulators. Growth regulators CAUSE CANCER, immune system problems and have very low mammalian toxicity values and even lower primate values. It makes zero sense to use this product in commercial grows and even less in medical ones. Ethylene the gas (Ethephon the liquid that converts to ethylene on heating) is about the safest alternative.
Ill-informed cannabis growers apply growth retardants to inhibit vertical growth and increase inter-nodal branching. Leaves are supposed to remain the same size but internode length is retarded. Deadly toxic growth retardants are often called "chemical pinchers."
Outside of the use of PGR’s for root induction in cuttings, and maybe working with seed production, I would not knowingly consume any plant or plant part that PGR’s have been used on. There is a level of risk here that is unacceptable in any case, more especially for medical. This seems to go totally against the grain since the primary reason for having medical cannabis is the availability and quality, and the quality with PGR treated plants will never be there. Even then, the use of some PGR’s will show up in the seeds.