Organic vegetables are sometimes twice the price of non organic vegetables. Are the benefits worth it? I guess that depends on who you ask. When you look at the benefits of organic marijuana,it will seem pretty surprising that it’s not widely popular. Let’s take a look at the final product that makes it into the hands of customers as well as the environmental impact or organically grown cannabis.
What is wrong with non-organic?
If we’ve smoked, eaten and ingested inorganic marijuana thus far, why should we switch to organic now?” We eat non-organic food all the time, so can we get by with consuming non-organic marijuana without and negative side effects? Let’s look at the downside of non-organic cannabis.
It may not immediately be apparent when you’re indulging in your favorite strains, but those ‘super chemicals’ and ‘specialized plant foods’ do carry chemicals and toxins. These toxins are in no way natural and are not supposed to be funneled through our bodies. Take a minute to think this one over to yourself. Do you find it appealing to inhale a seriously intense chemical used to eradicate large quantities of insects? Do you want to breath in something that is so poisonous, it wipes out flocks of organisms en masse?
Metals and Salts
Non-organically grown plants are laden with heavy metals and salts. As a result, this has a drastically negative impact on the plant’s entire makeup. Water soluble nitrogen, any water that leaves the pot of a growing plant, is still nutrient-laden. As water leaves your pots, it takes along with it the metals and salts to its final point of drainage rivers, lakes, or the world’s oceans. Meaning that these harmful toxins are being pushed back into the origins of the growing environment, turning the pollution of plants and produce into a vicious cycle of harm both to humans and to the earth. Though we can’t taste many of these underscored negative effects when we consume non-organic marijuana, there are negative effects that are taking place behind the scenes. By using salts and metals in the growing marijuana plants, it mixes with the rainwater, polluting the groundwater. This damages in the local environment, polluting rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Why it is worth the effort?
There is no reason to expect a reduced yield from organic growing. There is a learning curve, but once you can optimize your growing conditions and methods, your yields might surprise you. The clean soils, organic fertilizers, and nutritional nutrients have improved over time. You can easily find super-soils specifically right for cannabis growth, not unlike those soils naturally engineered for roses, violets, or orchids. With some experience, you may find such selective soils require nothing additional.
You need to know your strains and their ancestry. Their potency depends partly on the soils used in their development. The more data you have on the strain, the more easily you can replicate its growing environment.The potency of the cannabis produced reflects the richness and appropriateness of its nutrients. Natural nutrients include an alphabet of organic or natural chemical components. And, you want to create the right balance of boron, calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, molybdenum, nickel, sulfur, zinc, and more. The right mix for the right strain will increase potency compared to the cannabis grown with ordinary methods.
Healthy cannabis plants produce better aroma and flavor. Healthy organically-grown cannabis produces robust terpenes and terpenoids, the source of rich and intense flavors. These growths provide the sweet, citrus, woodsy, or skunk aromas that enrich the smoking experience.
With richer soils and cultivation, the plant base is microbe and compost rich in natural elements. This encourages and strengthens rooting, water retention, and disease resistance. It also produces a healthy runoff, a brew of the best virtues of the soil, free of synthetic chemicals and pesticides. Moreover, growing marijuana outdoors reduces the electrical consumption in sustained artificial lighting. According to indybay.com, it takes the equivalent of half of a ton of coal to produce eight ounces of cannabis bud raised indoors under artificial light.
5. Toxicity: Used indoors or outdoors, pesticide and systemic treatments have been linked to bad health and allergies. And, they leach into the bio-sphere where they threaten the food chain based in natural soils.
For example, you can use ladybugs as a natural solution to aphids without leaving the toxic trail. By encouraging natural predators, you can avoid artificial and synthetic options. Even hydroponic solutions deserve scrutiny for artificial elements.
For those who find such claims important and even vital, the best option is to raise their own. So, it is worth reviewing the benefits organic strains hold over regular cannabis. It constitutes an effective means of self-regulation.