Originally Posted by Xtensity
@D.S. Toker. MD
The last time I suggested even soaking in %3 H2O2 before drying(to kill any PM or Bud Rot) I was told it was a stupid idea..... H2O2 actually kills the mold and bud rot and prevents more from growing... why would water be any safer than H2O2? I'm confused.
I'm not certain if this is a good idea or not, but here's the difference between H20 and H202. The extra oxygen molecule makes peroxide an oxidizer (think Oxyclean, Potassium Permanganate, etc.) and oxidizers attack and destroy organic material.
I have no idea if THC or trichomes are hurt by the oxidization process or are soluble by oxidation, but my gut says it's not a good idea.
After I harvest this winter, I'll try to remember to test some bud with H202 and see what happens. If it works, it could be an awesome solution to cleaning up your bud!
If you've ever looked at bud grown outdoor under significant magnification, there's a world of shit all over the buds you smoke and those views can be littered with dead aphids, whiteflies, mites, sand, dirt etc, etc.
At the very least I would expect the process to have some negative effects on the terpanoids that contribute to the taste/smell/bag appeal, but it's still worth experimenting with in my mind.
As an aside, I routinely use potassium permanganate in my fish ponds to reduce the organic load and knock down the parasite populations. At the proper known dosages, this chemical that can be very dangerous to any living creature can be used very successfully as a maintenance tool to keep the water healthy.
There are those fish keepers that would disagree with me, but my years of experience with this chemical make me fairly certain that they are wrong. If nothing else, the fact that my fish are going on 5 years old and apparently very healthy makes me confident in that assertion.