high quality organic cannabis
July 18th, 2019
The term “organic” seems to be everywhere these days, from veggies in the supermarket to hair products in the drug store. We know that organic foods are better for our health and the environment, but many have not put as much thought into their cannabis.
Though there is no official process for certifying cannabis as organic because it isn’t legal on a federal level, adopting organic growing processes for your home grow setup offers a wide variety of benefits. In this article, we will go over some of the most persuasive reasons why you should prioritize growing your cannabis at home organically.
Better Flavor and Aroma
If you have ever eaten say, an organic peach, you know how much juicer and flavorful it is than peaches grown with pesticides and other chemicals. The same phenomenon is true for growing cannabis: when you use organic practices, you produce a much higher quality crop. Because their environment is completely optimized for healthy growth, this sets your cannabis up to produce higher quantities of terpenes and terpenoids.
Terpenes and terpenoids are the aromatic compounds of cannabis and other plants, and are therefore the reason why they smell the way that they do. Cannabis has hundreds of these compounds, and the specific terpenes vary by strain. That’s why you may have had one strain that was more piney, while another smelled and tasted like fruit. You can learn more about terpenes in our previous article about this topic.
More Abundant Crop
At Home Grow Community, we focus on quality over quantity. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to make the most out of your plants. By choosing to grow organically, you are setting up the ideal environment in which your cannabis plants can thrive. Once you have mastered the grow environment, you may produce bigger yields.
More Potent Plants
Just as a cannabis plant grow in an organic environment is able to produce more terpenes and terpenoids, it’s also in optimal conditions to produce more cannabinoids. Just as organic produce is more nutritious than produce grown conventionally, cannabis that is grown organically is more potent.
The cannabis plant has specific nutritional needs that are often not addressed with conventional nutrient solutions and soils. Generally, they only provide nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the three basic nutrients that are required for cannabis survival. Organic gardens, on the other hand, are rich with nutrients beyond the basics. By using compost and other natural fertilizers, the soil offers a natural supply of a variety of nutrients that help your cannabis plants thrive, including calcium, sulfur, magnesium, copper, zinc, and more. This translates to a more potent final product.
Less Environmental Impact
Growing outdoors tends to be more environmentally friendly than growing indoors due to the electricity required to power grow lights. However, regardless of whether you choose to grow indoors or outdoors, implementing organic growing techniques can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Non-organic fertilizers and soils take quite a bit of energy to produce, mostly from fossil fuels. The same is true of pest-control techniques. Organic pest-control methods, such as ladybugs to control spider mites, have no environmental impact and negate the need for the toxic chemicals present in conventional gardening.
This may not sound true — after all, it’s more expensive to buy organic produce. However, it’s the philosophy behind organic gardening that makes it less costly in the long run. Conventional gardening is all about the short-term, like focusing on increasing yield. Organic gardening takes a long-term focus, which ultimately, is better for your wallet.
It may seem like a lot of work to build up your garden without the aid of chemical fertilizers and nutrient solutions, but over time, the cost of organic gardening literally pays off. Once your soil is well-balanced, you don’t have to buy expensive chemical formulas anymore — using natural ingredients like compost is very inexpensive. Plus when you have issues with pests, you’ll find that organic solutions are significantly less pricey and equally as effective.
Healthier for You
Cannabis is often considered to be a more healthful substance than other recreational drugs — it comes from the earth, after all! But that doesn’t mean that all cannabis is healthy. The growing practice used to cultivate it has a large impact on the final product. If it’s grown with chemicals, there will be chemicals in the cannabis you consume, regardless of how well it’s been treated. When you grow your cannabis organically, however, you know that the final product is pure and chemical-free.
Growing cannabis organically clearly offers a variety of benefits, yet it’s not as simple as buying some plants and letting nature run its course. If you need assistance growing cannabis in Massachusetts, feel free to reach out to our in-home cannabis cultivation service for more information.