As someone who is unfortunate and lives in an area that gets 99% what my name suggests, I can say that you will know the difference between mold, and fibers from insects/mites. Beyond mold (and though I'm not proud i have smoked it) I have found no joke: coins, rocks, mouse turds (fo real), insects, fibers from insects, sand/grit, bird feathers and roaches (not the bugs lol). Obviously not all bought from the same person and it was over the span of many, many moons. I usually boycott the person that does this injustice onto me immediately.
Anyway my take on mold is this, if you can't see it, you WILL smell it in the bag and taste it when it burns. It tastes, well like mold. Like a musty basement, or just musty nastiness. The first time I smoked mold was what seemed like eons ago and I did not then nor now have any effects from it. I'm not an advocate of it as I would avoid mold like the plague because it tastes like the plague lol.
What I am saying is I have done some research in air quality. Mainly due to my interests in herb and chemistry and the harmful effects of say solvents used to make hash. The air we breath is FULL of carcinogens. A busy city/highway has TONS of harmful toxins in it and yet politicians point the fingers at smokers. Everything is okay in small doses, even mercury, lead, and many other things that we consider to be poisonous. Some people argue that our lack of exposure to harmful molds and bacterias is the very reason our immune systems are so weak.
With that being said, there are molds that can cause serious health problems if there is LONG TERM exposure to them such as black mold, however that is not the mold found growing off of pot. The long term effects of bad molds are chronic fatigue or headaches, fever, irritation to the eyes, mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat, sneezing, rashes, and chronic coughing. In severe cases of exposure or cases exacerbated by allergic reaction, symptoms can be extreme including nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
There are molds that are actually beneficial to us such as penicillin, but there is no mold the increase the potency of pot, nor any that has similar effects of pot when smoked. It is just not possible. And If there were such a magic mold, then people would have found a way to make it available in pure form on the black market by now. What is funny is how that myth most likely came about. It does not take a genius to figure out that no one wants to buy moldy pot. The seller most likely made that BS up to sell it duh! How would anyone know it was better in the first place? Have 2 identical plants one moldy one not? I doubt that is how it went down, not too mention there are other explanations as to why one bowl,bong, or joint from the same plant seems more potent than another. Either way, SEE THROUGH THE BS PEOPLE!
The key is moderation in my opinion. Every now and then should not cause any severe problems UNLESS you as a individual have an allergy towards mold(s). Research on molds (maybe not on pot) is readily available with a google search. Out of all I have read, it was all about "pro-longed" or "long-term" exposure. Remember, molds are not viral, or bacterial so they cannot give you a cold, flu, or any things of that nature. If you are smoking some and you get a headache or sore throat, then by all means STOP SMOKING IT!
And when you make hash out of it with cold water, you must extract the mold out of the water. Generally it foams to the top, but I'm sure pollen extraction bags would work fine. Not sure about other hash methods but I have heard they work fine with moldy trim/buds.
Anyway, I'm a noob to this site so sorry for the wordy response or if I did not post correctly.
Edited by Dirtbud, 30 December 2009 - 11:56 PM.