Organic is "in." The culture based on foods and products that have gone through the least number of industrial processes is booming and, fortunately, seems to be more than a passing fad. The commitment to organic goes far beyond a mere pose to strike on Instagram or Facebook. When we choose to consume organic food we are doing more than taking care of our health and avoiding the ingestion of a number of harmful elements. We are also helping to protect the environment and promoting more sustainable consumption. This way of life can also be applied to cannabis cultivation, and it is as simple as returning to traditional farming methods.
At the individual level, the organic cultivation of cannabis without chemical fertilisers and other pollutants not only guarantees that you will spare your body from these elements when you consume your marijuana, but, when done right, can also mean more bountiful and flavourful crops. All this, with the added bonus of respecting the plant and its own nature. This is of great importance if we are talking about major cannabis crops for commercial purposes outdoors, which is why many cannabis farms in states like Oregon, Colorado, Washington and California are banking on organic growing, aware of the many harmful effects that years of synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides have had on the environment and our health. But, if you still need more reasons to opt for an organic approach to your next cannabis crop, here are four good ones:
This is, undoubtedly, the most compelling reason. Every grower dreams of getting maximum yields from his cannabis plants, with large and plentiful marijuana buds. Well, we can assure you that with well designed and executed organic growing you are bound to enjoy higher yields than with traditional crops. Organic crops used to rely heavily on their micro environments, and if these were not just right final production was lower than that of other crops. However, all this has changed greatly, thanks to improvements in organic products on the market, especially the advent of Super Soil, or Super Substrate. Super Soil is a substrate mixture composed solely of organic elements, but incorporating ingredients based specifically on the cannabis plant's needs. Super Soil can be produced based on animal manure, organic waste and other nutrients. You can see how to make it here. The secret is that Super Soil is the ideal breeding ground for microbial life, which generates high levels of humic and fulvic acids, providing food for your plants. In short, the richness of Super Soil elements and the synergy between them is what gives rise to this natural alchemic process that allows cannabis plants to fulfil their full potential. Thanks to this method you can achieve incredible yields without having to add anything to your crops but water.
Better aroma, flavour and potency:
Organic farming is based on giving plants exactly what they need, through their substrate, (without any chemical additives). This means that the plant can realise all its potential in a natural way. While non-organic nutrients only contain the basic elements needed for the cannabis plant to grow, organic systems are richer and, therefore, more beneficial. Artificial fertilisers are usually composed of six essential macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sulphur and magnesium; and six essential micronutrients: manganese, boron, copper, zinc, molybdenum and iron. Thus, those not considered essential are usually left out of the mix, when the truth is that it has been shown that other elements, such as nickel, for example, and sodium, are very beneficial for plants such as cannabis. This inclusion of natural nutrients results in a more vigorous and healthy plant and, therefore, one capable of producing larger quantities of terpenes, terpenoids and cannabinoids, which entails an increase in the potency of the plant's effects and, of course, more intense aromas and flavours. It should not be forgotten that chemicals also leave residues affecting the taste of one's cannabis. For example, cannabis containing chemical residues stings the throat, while the taste of organically grown marijuana is smoother and cleaner.
Caring for the environment:
We said it at the beginning: a commitment to organics is more than just a fad, or something to put on airs about. It is a vital commitment for the good of the planet. The indiscriminate and constant use of synthetic fertilisers in modern agriculture has resulted in a long list of problems: the rapid decline in carbon-rich material, the destruction of the microbial food web, and a drastic reduction in humic and fulvic acids on farmlands are just some examples. This has generated a long-lasting effect of barren fields on our planet. The use for decades of countless varieties of herbicides and pesticides has further spoiled soils. In addition, much medical research is revealing that many modern-day disorders and diseases are due to a deficiency in trace elements. All this can be prevented with organic crops that forgo the use of products that are harmful to the earth. Moreover, growing organically helps the environment because the production of organic nutrients requires less processing than conventional methods, which also consume more energy –coming mainly from fossil fuels. Also, biological pest control methods have less of an impact on the environment than the chemical herbicides used in conventional farming.
For your health:
Obviously, consuming cannabis grown using chemical substances is not the same as consuming crops that have only been nourished by the natural elements present in Super Soil. This is especially important if you consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes. When you use organic methods there is no need to wash roots because there are no foreign elements that need to be removed from them. Finally, some of the mineral residues left on plants that have been treated with chemical fertilisers cause, during combustion when the plant is smoked, the appearance of a cancer-causing chemical: nitrosamines. Thanks to organic farming you can avoid the ingestion of elements that can be harmful to your health, and enjoy 100% natural cannabis.