The Limitation of Conventional Cannabis Farming


Toxic pesticides

It may not immediately be apparent when you’re indulging in your favorite strains, but those ‘super chemicals’ and ‘specialized plant foods’ often carry countless chemicals and toxins. These toxins are in no way natural and definitely not meant to be funneled through our bodies.

The toxin, P​iperonyl butoxide (​PBO), a synergist chemical, is frequently added to pesticides to increase their effectiveness. P​iperonyl butoxide (​PBO) and b​ifenthrin​are just some of the most common toxins found in the soils used in mass produced farming.

Bifenthrin​is a synthetic pyrethroid that is used in the cannabis industry to ‘bomb’ grow­rooms in between crops to control s​piders mites.​Though the plants may not have been present at the time, it has been found that bifenthrin application leads to long term contamination of tools, lights, ventilation systems, and the general workplace.

“Smoking can create pyrolysis compounds with unknown toxicities, and inhaled chemicals enter the bloodstream without first undergoing first­pass metabolism by the digestive and hepatic systems. As a result, inhaled chemicals are typically present at much higher levels in the body than those that are orally ingested.” ­ Pesticide Use on Cannabis, C​annabis Safety Institute, 2014

Metals and Salts

Non­organically grown plants are laden with heavy metals and salts. As a result, this has a drastically negative impact on the plant’s entire makeup.

Any water that leaves the pot of a growing plant, such as water soluble nitrogen, 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. By making a conscious choice, we can protect both ourselves and the environment.