What Is Organic Cannabis?
The basic meaning of “organic cannabis” is very straightforward, but there is a lot more to it than first meets the eye.
With that in mind, let’s take a good look at it and understand why growing numbers of weed lovers are seeing organic cannabis products as the way forward.
Defining organic cannabis
The definition of organic cannabis is that the plant is grown the way nature intended it to flourish. This means it is grown in natural soil, and no pesticides or chemicals are used to accelerate its growth or production.
Organically grown cannabis depends on natural nutrients, soil, and sunlight. Similar to organic vegetables and fruits, the cultivation process does not involve the use of harmful synthetic fertilizers or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). This means that true organic cannabis plants are never exposed to food ingredients or food processing substances such as volatile solvents.
Some Serious Organic Cannabis Benefits
Cannabis connoisseurs believe that organically grown cannabis has a wide variety of benefits. Here are five reasons that clearly show why users will benefit from either buying organic cannabis products or growing their own:
Let’s clear up something that is still widely misunderstood in cannabis conversations. Many feel that growing cannabis organically equates to a reduced yield. This is not necessarily the case.
Indeed, if all conditions are optimal, then higher organic yields may be achieved than when using conventional methods.
Then comes the argument that if your microenvironment for organic growing is not optimum, yields would be comparatively lower than when using non-organic growth methods. While that was the case in the past, things have changed.
This change has come about because there are now far more organic fertilizers, additives, and growing media available. Couple that with a greater understanding of how to use these factors to your best itives, and growing media available. Couple that with a greater understanding of how to use these factors to your best advantage, and yields can be on par, if not better, than non-organic growing methods.
A particular innovation in organic growth is the development of what is known as “super soil.” This growing medium has been tweaked to perfection and contains exactly what your organic cannabis needs to grow healthily and abundantly without requiring the addition of commercial fertilizer. All you add is a good quality water supply and some loving care and attention.
While prepared mixes of super soil can be purchased, it is also possible to make your own. This will typically contain organic potting soil mixed with such things as worm castings, bone meal, blood meal, guano, and a variety of other additives. Those growing organic cannabis can also develop precise mixes for the strains they prefer to consume.
Organic cannabis growing allows you to give plants exactly what they need to reach their full potency. Similar to other plants, cannabis has specific, highly complex needs if it is to grow optimally. Matching these requirements as closely as possible will allow your organic crop to achieve its full potency potential.
The use of organic nutrients will often contain trace elements of such things as chlorine, cobalt, nickel, and sodium, all of which have been demonstrated to be beneficial for growing taller plants.
While these nutrients may not be classified as essential for growing cannabis, experienced organic growers are clear that when included in the growth process, the result is cannabis that is superior in both effect and potency.
A more distinct aroma and flavor
It is widely considered that organically grown cannabis has a far more distinct smell and flavor than conventionally grown cannabis. This is due to the reasons outlined above and the fact that the micro-growing environment is optimized to ensure healthy, vigorous growth.
Through this process, organically grown plants will self-produce excellent quantities of flavonoids, terpenoids, and cannabinoids.
The aromatic compounds called terpenes and terpenoids give cannabis (and many other plants) their fragrance. As any regular cannabis user will be aware, there are many different compounds present in cannabis, and these are responsible for giving different strains their distinctive aroma.
It also follows that the more of these terpenes and terpenoids contained, the greater the fragrance and flavor received. With well-managed organic cannabis crops, the distinct aroma and flavor of different strains will be heightened.
Another plus is that organically grown cannabis will not contain any synthetic insecticides or pesticides, such as those used during the conventional growing process.
Cannabis users should think carefully about how these artificial additives affect the overall smell and taste of conventionally grown cannabis compared to organically grown cannabis. The latter is a far more pleasant experience in both flavor and smell.
For many organic cannabis growers, a primary goal is to minimize the environmental impact caused during production. It is clear that the most sustainable growing method for cannabis is in its natural state, outdoors, with the aid of sunlight.
However, this is not a perfect world, and as the industry continues to expand, there will be a continuing increase in indoor organically-grown cannabis. Even so, environmental benefits can still be achieved through indoor organic growing. This comes through such measures as avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that are potentially harmful.
Using natural methods and environmentally friendly additives instead will mean far less effect on the water, soil, and consequential run-offs that are being reported due to the harmful substances currently being used in many commercial growing operations.
If your situation demands indoor organic growing, then look to reduce the impact by going for “clean and green” products during your growing process.
Staying on the environmental theme, one thing that is clearly understood about the cannabis plant is that it is a very effective soil decontaminant. This means it can effectively leach contaminated soil and the heavy metals therein.
There are cases where hemp fields have been purposely grown to clean previously contaminated areas before being used for agricultural purposes. While that is obviously beneficial in such a situation, it is not good for cannabis that is commercially grown in contaminated fields.
Of course, this is not carried out intentionally, but it can easily occur because checking the soil to see if it contains harmful material is not something that many consider doing.
What that means is that if this type of cannabis is harvested, it could already have absorbed such unwanted materials into the cannabis plant, which in turn will be released when smoked by the user.
To avoid such a situation, look for organically grown cannabis products or grow your own.
The future of organic cannabis is bright.
For cannabis connoisseurs, the future of organic cannabis availability and increasing knowledge of homegrown organic methods is bright.
Yes, it may be a little more expensive right now, but the benefits you gain from a true organic cigarette or edible are surely worth that.
Happy, healthy, organic cannabis consumption!