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Is this mold?

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Hi all, I've just opened a jar of weed that I grew last year. I noticed a sticky dampness on the seal of the mason jar (but not inside the jar) and also noticed that once ground down the weed stays in a bit clumpy if I move it round in it's new container. I broke a different bud in half and took this pic. Can you tell if that's mold on the stem?

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@james40 Does look a bit dodgy mate...... do you have a trichroscope? Can you get a closer look at it?

https://percysgrowroom.com/bud-rot-on-cannabis-plants/#Bud-Rot-in-Dried-Weed

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@james40 it's tough to tell from this picture. An inexpensive jewelers loupe can really help with this.

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Hi Macky, here's a closer pic.

IMG 20211027 215717

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@james40 Looks ok man, how does it smell?

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@macky It's royal crematic auto so doesn't smell strong at all. It's hard to describe, maybe a little earthy? I've read moldy weed smells sweet like cut grass or like a wet towel that's been left on the floor for a few days. Is that right because it definitely doesn't have that smell. I just got concerned with the slight dampness under the jar seal.

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Also, I just rubbed my fingers over the stem with the white hairs. Nothing powdery came off and hairs are still there. Would I be right to assume that mold or mildew would rub off?

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@james40 Yes midlew would rub off. Maybe its just extra frosty there lol

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@macky hehe sounds like I've got nothing to worry about then. That's a relief! Thanks for the help.

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@james40 alway good to be extra cautious though mate, so if it taste dodgy, dont smoke it

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@macky Ok I'll try it later this evening. Are the white hairs on the stems normal?

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@james40 White hairs are normal yeah, even seedlings have them πŸ˜‰

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Looks maybe more old / stale than mould but as above hard to tell from that pic manΒ 

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Looks alright to me, maybe a bit old and sad but still fine to smoke.Β 

Real tell would be the feel/texture and smell/flavour of the bud.

Pm will mainly be on the surface and is like webbing almost, wipes away and smells musky/stale.

Bud rot will be pretty obvious in most cases.. spongy, brown, sour/dusty smell and tastes like your nans attic.

Those hairs on the stem are the hair class of trichomes, there are many different types I believe not just exclusively on our beloved plant.

based on the way it looks I'd definitely smoke it.Β 

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@discobiscuitt Thanks for the help. It's from last years grow so would explain the old look. It's not bud rot (I've had that before so know what that's like) and there's no webbing on the surface, only these hairs inside the buds on the stems. There's a faint earthy smell and definitely no mustiness. I'll give it a go later.

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

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