Organic Marijuana: from seeds to harvest using organic cultivation

 

In this piece, I will first examine a few limitations of conventional cannabis cultivation (Section A) and follow up with an analysis that explains why organic ganja is clinically and environmentally superior. (Section B)

CONVENTIONAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION

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.

THE HALLMARKS OF ORGANIC MARIJUANA

Better Potency, Taste and Flavor

The thing that should really sell you on going organic when it comes to weed is that organic marijuana tastes better and has more flavor.

When you force feed the plants with crappy soils filled with harmful toxins, it’s never good for the overall taste of the finished product. When you let your marijuana grow naturally, it will grow theway that it is naturally inclined to grown, the way it’s been growing for thousands of years. And we all should know better than to mess with Mother Nature.

Like any plant, marijuana has complex requirements in order for it to grow optimally. When your focus is on mass production, you’re tampering with nature’s complicated methods by adding chemicals.

Mother nature is a complicated lady and it is impossible to match her awe perfectly. If you mess with the way a plant naturally grows, you can bet your behind that your plant will fall short of it’s full potential.

Organic plants are left to their own devices and are therefore optimized for flavor and aroma.

O r g a n i c  c a n n a b i s  p r o d u c e s  t h e  p e r f e c t  a m o u n t  o f  t ​e r p e n e s , ​ t ​e r p e n o i d s ​a n d  c a n n a b i n o i d s

Th e aromatic combinations that give cannabis its smell. Cannabis owes its sweet or citrus aroma to the dozens of compounds present within its stems and leaves.

Terpenoids are a class of naturally occurring organic chemicals, derived from five­carbon isoprene units assembled and modified in many ways.

Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants and some insects such as termites and swallowtail butterflies.

Put simply, the more terpenoids and terpenes there are, the better the marijuana will smell and the more flavor the final product will have.

Best of all? Organic is consistent.

Organic cannabis is best for Mother Nature as a whole. Instead of manipulating the process ourselves, we let the microorganisms run the show and the plant can grow the way it’s supposed to.

This is better for the soil, as the retention potential of the soil for nutrients and water are increased and n​utrient losses are decreased​as well. As a bi­product, it is also better for the water, leaving it clean, natural, and free of any salts, metals, and chemicals.

When humans stay out of the growing process we are able to see the natural genetics intended for the cannabis in terms of look, taste, and smell, all while ensuring a more healthy and sustainable habitat.

Better For The Environment

Just like every organic plant, growing organic marijuana has a less negative impact on the environment.

When you produce organic nutrients, it requires less processing compared to the more damaging alternatives. When you grow organic marijuana, you don’t have to throw away or remove the remaining pesticides or chemicals left behind.

Just like the food soil web described earlier, growing marijuana organically involves n​atural c o m p o s t s t ​h a t c a n b e l e f t a s i s . I f y o u a l l o w f o r a n a t u r a l c y c l e , t h e c y c l e o f l i f e w i l l t h r i v e independently.

Organic growth is sustainable, as it produces crops while also establishing an ecological balance to prevent soil fertility or pest problems. There is no need for heavy bug eradication because the habitat will naturally take these problems into account.

Safer To Consume

Since marijuana has been legalized in several states across the United States, it’s becoming more common to rely on pesticides when growing cannabis. These pesticides are meant to yieldmore crops and keep away hazardous animals and weeds. However, many growers are using dangerous pesticides for the sake of profit. Like any other agricultural industry, growers sacrifice quality and safety for time and money.

When you inhale non organic cannabis, you’re inhaling more than THC and other cannabinoids. You’re inhaling chemicals and other dangerous neurotoxins.

By not adding chemicals, organic marijuana keeps your health risks low, allowing you to reap all the benefits of cannabis without all of the added risks.

How Is Organic Marijuana Grown?

Imagine lush green fields, covered in beautiful, serene greenhouses. Each one of these greenhouses contains the purest of cannabis plants, diligently sprinkled with the cleanest water, in a habitat that is unpolluted and untainted.

These plants all enjoy the benefits of natural growth. No need for secrecy or mass production. No need for chemicals or unnatural substances. Only the most natural, perfect plants that God’s green earth would have to offer.

This the dream that is swiftly becoming the reality for the organic marijuana movement. No questions, no confusion. Just organic, all­natural, healthy marijuana for everyone.

So how is it all done? Allow us to be your spirit guides on this quest for organic enlightenment.

Soil

Organically growing your plants starts with your medium. In most cases, that’s the soil.

Honest Marijuana grows buds in soil groomed to provide the plant with what it needs naturally. By feeding the microbial life that feeds the plant, we allow symbiotic relationships in the soil to seek out exactly what the plant needs. This is a similar approach to Rev’s​True Living Organics.

True Living Organics has been developed to grow high quality medical cannabis, but has since been adopted more widely and is well suit to grow produce as well. This includes your fruits, vegetables, herbs and even your favorite flowers. With True Living Organics, you let mother nature take its course and allow your plant to do what they’re programmed to do.

Organic farmers can spend years grooming their fields in preparation for their crops. The amount of nutrients in the soil, the water density it can hold, and the quality of irrigation all play very important factors in growing organically.

Every time it rains, the worms come out and take down organic matter, leaving tiny hills of nutrient­rich castings in its place. Microbes eat these castings, turning them into plant available nutrients. These nutrients are the most varied and natural nutrients and are the best way to fertilize your soil. The more varied the materials that go into grooming your soil, the better the quality your marijuana will be.

Light

Growing organically traditionally means to use natural sunlight, but due to limitations with location, environment and other factors, that is nearly impossible to do. Artificial sunlight is the next best alternative.

When it comes to selecting the best light bulb, there are many options out there. Honest Marijuana has chosen to use 315 watt ceramic metal halide bulbs throughout the life of the plant. These bulbs utilize the fullest spectrum available in indoor lighting which most closely resembles the sun.

By firing these bulbs in different lamps which run at different temperatures, we utilize the correct correlated color temperature to mimic natural sunlight as closely as possible and ensure optimal plant growth. By running 315 watt bulbs, compared to industry standard 1000 watt, Honest Marijuana hopes to ensure a significant energy savings, a further benefit to Mother Nature.

Concentrates

There are more ways to c​onsume marijuana​these days than you probably realize.

Concentrates​are the bread and butter of cannabis farming. From oils to hash, it is marijuana at its most potent form. It is where you are going to find the most highly intensive levels of cannabinoids (the good stuff, the THC). But it’s not quite a free lunch…

When it comes to different concentrates such as cold water extraction, B​HO, alcohol extraction and CO2 extraction,​you’re literally condensing your product. It only makes sense that you should want the purest plant.

If you concentrate your cannabis, you’re concentrating whatever nutrients, chemicals or toxins are within the makeup of that plant. However when you farm organically, the plants you’re producing are toxin­free, ensuring that the concentrates you make from it are pure and toxin­free.

When ingesting a concentrate, the purer the product, the more effective and safe that product will be. The last thing you should be doing is messing with nature’s makeup when you’re planning to put it inside of your body.

When concentrates are made, it’s used with typically dry material beforehand. At Honest Marijuana, we practice fresh freezing instead, leaving the final quality of the highest level possible.

 

 

 

Ask your cannabis provider if your medicine was grown in soil or hydroponically in nutrient­infused water. Asking this key question will make you a much healthier, happier and more sophisticated cannabis connoisseur in the long run. The answer to this key question will give you clearer a sense of just how organically grown your ganja is as well as what to expect from it in terms of how it will affect your short and long­term health.

There is little doubt that organic is the healthiest kind of marijuana there is. The confusion about “organic” stems from the fact that the cannabis plant thrives in so many different natural growing conditions that it’s difficult to even determine what “organic” exactly means in terms of marijuana. With the information provided in this book you can gain a deeper understanding of the process.

The best thing about the revolution in growing organic marijuana is that cannabis users are demanding a higher quality of marijuana.

Twice as many medical marijuana patients in Colorado, California and Washington State surveyed by the editors of M​MJ Business Daily​said organic marijuana — not discount pricing — is their most critical consideration when selecting a dispensary. The fact that criminal drug cartels are s​muggling​organically grown marijuana to Mexico for illegal sale also illustrates that the demand for organic marijuana is worldwide and higher than ever before in human history.

This demand for a higher quality of natural medicine means that more and more marijuana, even indoor and hydroponically grown marijuana, will be grown more safely for the health of the environment and the health of our physical bodies since most cannabis consumers will not compromise on the organic qualities of their medicine.

 The most reliable way to find out if your marijuana is organic or not, other than growing it yourself is to watch it burn while you smoke it. Organic weed should almost always be good to the last hit. Look for clean grey, white ash as opposed to sticky black resin.

“In order for ganja to express its full, dazzling array of flavors and all the subtle subtones that come along with it, it simply must be grown organically. With chemically fed hydro, you end up with a black cruddy ball of harsh carcinogens, while properly grown organics taste delicious down to the last hit and the residue blows away as a clean grey ash” says Jason King author of The Cannabible.​

Extra

Toxic substances such as pesticides, damaging fertilizers and hydroponics have become so normalized in modern farming and food production that many rarely think about what effects these chemicals and methods have on our food. We never really take a second to wonder how this fresh summer squash got into this grocery store and onto our plates.

A new movement in produce production is rapidly gaining more and more traction. Now, some producers strive for quality over quantity, which ends up giving consumers healthier products all over the globe. Instead of the shortsighted vision of mass production, focus is instead shifting towards the way these products are produced.

Marijuana is the most widely used, non-addictive substance in the world. It’s so extensively visible with more strains than we can count, and since it’s main battle has been its class I drug classification and has therefore been illegal for most of its existence, most people don’t really consider how it’s grown.

According to US Law, the marijuana industry can’t lay claim the same organic label as other crops can. Because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, it’s not yet possible to get the same levels of approval as legal substances. It is not so much considered a plant as it is a drug. The label “organic” requires certification by the US Department of Agriculture, a federal agency.

But government certified or not, organic marijuana still absolutely exists. And it is the way to go when choosing your product.

History

According to US Law, the marijuana industry can’t lay claim to the same organic label as other crops can. Because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, it’s not yet possible to get the same level of approval as legal substances. It is not so much considered a plant as it is a drug. The label “organic” requires certification by the US Department of Agriculture, a federal agency. But government certified or not, organic marijuana still absolutely exists. And it is the way to go when choosing your product.
Origins of Organic Marijuana
The Uproot Man
Jeff Lowenfels,​A Harvard grad, lawyer, and passionate Alaskan gardener gave birth to a new era of cultivating marijuana that set the tone for the organic movement in America.
His unusual but strikingly sound gardening movements were enough to shake up a storm amongst the marijuana farming movement and cause many home and garden owners to question traditional gardening methods. “Let the ‘no rake’ movement began!”, as titled i​n one of articles​in the Alaska Dispatch. The no rake movement refers to the idea of not interfering with with the plant’s soil and simply allowing the soil take its natural course. This means, no outside, human interference. It means no pesticides, no chemicals and no harm to the finished product. It means allowing the earth to create plants without forcing unnatural growth.
His advice was sound and there was proof to match the claim that organic was king.
Granted it hadn’t snowed during the fall season in Alaska, some homeowners were finding their lawns look more green and lush as nature was left to take it’s course in an usual way. The lawn clippings and leaves were left alone to decay, resulting in the plants fertilizing themselves, without human interference. As Jeff terms it: “Teaming With Microbes”.
The lawns seemed to be perfect; exactly how one would want them once the snow melts in the spring. The grass was green, fertile and clean.

During the autumn season when the leaves fall and hit the ground, mulch up, and are are left alone, nature take its course. Without any fertilizer to interrupt. This process that takes place is called a “​soil food web”.​When you leave out all the extra human interference, the process is called: organic. Go figure.
A soil food web is made up of the community of organisms that live completely or partially in the soil. The soil food web outlines a complex living system in regards to the soil and how it interacts with the plants, animals, and the environment around it.