This can contribute to higher THC levels in your cannabis plants. Of all these tricks for boosting THC in cannabis mentioned above, the first tip is both the hardest and the most crucial. It is essential to start with a high genetic inclination to maximum levels of THC. Once you have good seeds from a potent strain, your next job is to ensure the healthy growth of your plants.
All of the tricks in the world won’t help you if your crop is sick or uncared for. Once you have healthy flowering plants you can give some of these techniques a try. Just remember that there is no quick gimmick to a great harvest, as nothing can replace hard work in the grow room. Have you ever heard that there is bat poop in mascara? Guano is a valuable fertilizer and is highly sought-after. So, this post came to life when my previous co-worker mentioned that her teacher told her that mascara was made from cow stomach.
It honestly didn’t surprise me…you’d be shocked to see what ingredients are found in the products we use each day. However, I decided to do a little more research… While I didn’t find anything about cow stomach being used in makeup, I did find claims of guano being a common ingredient. Let’s explore this a bit more… 💡 TIP: Pin this article to your MAKEUP board so you can always reference it when you need to! *This post contains affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase after clicking the link, I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. This helps me provide the best possible content on this site for free. Keep in mind that I only link to quality products that I use myself and feel would be beneficial for my readers. Please read my full affiliate disclosure for more information. 👉🏼 Bats are actually flying mammals that can maneuver better than birds… thanks to their highly articulated wings. 👉🏼 Most cultures in the world associate them with death, witchcraft, vampires, and darkness. 👉🏼 Bats make up 20% of the mammal species; there are over 1200 species of the bat around the world. 👉🏼 Three different species of bats feed on blood. 👉🏼 They “see” in the dark using “echolocation.” Basically, they make high-frequency calls while flying, listen to the echoes returned, and can see a sonic map of their surroundings. Guano is the official word for bat poop (or it can also refer to the poop of a seabird). Guano is used as a very effective fertilizer around the world. Rich in bioremediation microbes and nitrogen, it contributes to strong plant growth, soil building, and the cleansing of toxins from the soil. In the ancient Inca civilization, it was even used as a form of currency, since its ownership was quite the privilege. Last but not least, guano was used in various wars, including the US Civil War since nitrogen can be extracted from guano to make explosives. However, this valuable fertilizer comes with a hefty price tag… Harvesting guano from bat caves significantly impacts bat colonies around the world. If harvested while the bats are roosting, they’ll typically abandon the caves, leaving their young behind. The explosives used to harvest guano changes the microclimate of the cave and allows light in the cave, making it undesirable for bats to stay. Additionally, guano also contains dangerous pathogens that lead to histoplasmosis, a dangerous lung infection that affects humans and other animals. It is commonly misconceived that you can get rabies from bat poop. However, the CDC website debunks that myth, stating that you must be bitten to contract rabies. With all the fabulous things that guano does, what is the benefit of putting it in mascara… or even other makeup products? The good news is that the whole bat poop in mascara thing is really just a massive urban legend.
While I can’t confirm that mascara has never contained bat droppings, I do believe that it’s just a misconception of the word “ guanine .” Once upon a time, guanine was added to various cosmetics to give them a shimmery, iridescent look. Here’s the thing…guanine is very abundant in bat poop. Heck…the word, “guanine” originates from the word, “ guano.” However, the cosmetic industry does not harvest it from bat guano.
The FDA requires that guanine only be derived from fish scales when used in beauty products. If you’re still worried about using fish scales, don’t be… most cosmetic companies aren’t willing to pay the high price for guanine these days. There are several cheaper alternatives like synthetic pearl, mica, aluminum, and bronze particles. Mascara is usually made from wax, oils, pigment, and preservatives.