Cannabis brand Edison Cannabis Co. lists “milk” as a potential allergen on several cultivars sold via the Ontario Cannabis Store website
There are plenty of cannabis cultivars named after dairy products — think Dairy Queen, Cheeseburger and Ice Cream — but most of us would assume (correctly) that those names are inspired by flavours, as opposed to ingredients.
So it came as a bit of a shock when eagle-eyed Ontarian cannabis enthusiasts noticed that cannabis brand Edison Cannabis Co. lists “milk” as a potential allergen on several cultivars sold via the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) website. This is probably news to vegans, the lactose intolerant or those who are trying to minimize their ecological footprints by cutting down on dairy.
Of the seven cultivars of dried flower currently listed for sale on the OCS site, five list milk as an allergen. The two remaining cultivars — El Dorado and Blue Velvet — do not list milk or any other potential allergen on their OCS profiles.
So how could milk get into your weed? Somewhat indirectly, as it turns out. This is thanks (?) to a product called Cyclone, a Health Canada-approved pest control product meant to help combat powdery mildew on commercial cannabis plants.
One of two active ingredients on Cyclone’s label is lactic acid. The product is described as a “lacto-fermented liquid fungicide and bactericide” that lists whey protein, an ingredient derived from milk, on its label.
The GrowthOp was unable to confirm with Organigram-owned Edison whether the company uses Cyclone in its cultivation centres, but it’s a likely culprit.
So should at-home growers consider DIY milk mixtures on their plants to fight dreaded powdery mildew?
Twitter’s Jon Grow, reported to be a former LP Master Grower with 24 years of cultivation experience, said it’s a rather dated method at best. “I think milk is more beneficial if you spray it every 10 days or so, as a preventative. But I’ve used it before, just to try it in my younger days, and it didn’t work very well,” he noted.
Another caveat: It stinks. Literally.
Written by Emma Spears