8 reasons why to grow organic marijuana
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Weed is often labelled a “natural” drug. And while it sure comes from a plant, most conventional cannabis has been exposed to more chemicals than most users are aware of.
Luckily, organic farming has become increasingly popular over recent years, including in the cannabis world. Today, more and more growers are looking for natural alternatives to fertilize their soil and protect their plants against pests/diseases.
If you’ve been tempted to grow your own organic weed in the past, don’t put it off any longer. Here are 8 reasons why you should grow organic cannabis:
1. GET BETTER TASTING/SMELLING BUDS
It’s simple; organically grown cannabis plants produce much better weed.
Organic products like fruit and vegetables, for example, are renowned for not only tasting better but also being more nutritious. Well, the same is true for organic weed.
Anyone lucky enough to have enjoyed organic cannabis will have noted a huge difference in flavour and aroma. Organic gardens depend on rich, quality soil to produce healthy plants and great harvests.
This soil helps provide plants with high-quality, natural nutrients, allowing them to produce rich produce. When growing cannabis, this results in strong, healthy plants with great tasting and smelling flowers.
2. GET BIGGER YIELDS
Another major benefit of growing organic cannabis is the potential for bigger yields.
Cannabis growers often believe they have to rely on conventional fertilizers, mediums, and nutrients to get the most out of their plants. However, this isn’t necessarily true.
In fact, organic growers often enjoy equal, if not better yields from their plants. Given the right conditions, organically-grown plants can produce big, heavy harvests.
By choosing to grow your plants organically, you’re essentially opting to invest the time to create a microenvironment for them to grow and live in. When this environment is vibrant and rich, your plants will produce great yields.
When this environment isn’t up to par, however, you may notice that your yields are substantially lower. For a long time, this was one of the main reasons keeping cannabis growers from going organic.
However, commercially available organic fertilizers, growing media, and additives have come a long way in recent years, making it easier than ever before to produce a healthy, rich organic garden at home and still enjoy great yields.
3. ENJOY MORE POTENT BUD
Organic fruit and vegetables are renowned for being more nutritious than regular produce. In much the same way, organic cannabis can be as potent, if not more, than regular grown weed.
Remember, cannabis is just like other plants in that it has complex needs that need to be met in order for the plant to grow well. Unfortunately, conventional grow mediums and nutrient solutions usually take a very basic approach to meeting these needs.
Most regular nutrient solutions actually only contain 3 main ingredients; nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These are the 3 most basic nutrients needed to keep cannabis (and many other plants) alive.
And while these nutrients will do much more than just keeping your plants from withering and dying, they don’t offer a complete approach to nourishing and nurturing your plants.
As we mentioned earlier, organic gardens are built on rich, high-quality soil. The nutrients within this soil goes far beyond a basic mix of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.
Instead, by using compost and other natural fertilizers, you're able to get a lot of other nutrients into your soil and ultimately create a more complete environment for your plants to live in.
Some of these nutrients include:
Organic material and fertilizers typically contain trace amounts of a wide variety of these nutrients (and many others) which offer your plants a more balanced grow medium. This ultimately allows you to get much more out of your plants, including more potent buds.
4. GET BETTER SOIL
In non-organic gardens, soil is often thought of as little more than a “medium” for holding your plants until it comes time to harvest. When growing organically, your soil is a prized part of your garden.
It's very common for regular growers to dispose of their soil at the end of a harvest and bring in fresh soil every season. Again, this is because regular grow practices don’t focus on improving soil quality in the long run. Instead, the soil in regular gardens tends to serve as a kind of sterile temporary home for your plants.
Organic soils, however, serve as complex ecosystems that improve the overall health of your garden season after season. This is because organic soils tend to have much richer microbiomes than regular soil.
The microbiome of a soil refers to the community of microorganisms living inside the soil. These include bacteria, fungi, and countless other tiny organisms that live and contribute to the ecosystem that is your soil.
Growing cannabis (or any other plant, for that matter) in organic soil with a rich microbiome has many benefits. As we already mentioned, the complexity allows plants to truly flourish, producing bigger, more potent harvests and better smelling/tasting flowers.
Better yet, you get to hang on to your soil for years to come. As you continue developing the rich ecosystem inside your soil, you essentially help to improve the overall health of your entire garden.
5. DO YOUR BIT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The benefits of growing organic weed go far beyond the potency/size of your yields or the health of your garden. By going organic, you can also have a very positive impact on your local environment.
One common problem with regular, non-organic farming is soil erosion. While soil erosion is actually a natural process that affects all types of land, it is made worse by many modern farming practices.
Topsoil is arguably one of the most valuable parts of soil, being rich in organic matter, fertility, and soil life. Whether it be due to rain, wind, or practices such as tilling, topsoil is regularly eroded from a garden, ultimately resulting in poorer quality soil.
By growing organically and taking the time to build a rich, complex soil, you help to prevent soil erosion, even if just on a small scale.
Growing weed organically also helps you preserve water quality in your local area. Chemicals from fertilizers, nutrient solutions, and pesticides/herbicides used in non-organic gardens can have a huge effect on water quality.
When applied to plants, trace amounts of these chemicals eventually make their way into the local water supply, which is consumed by other plants, animals, and even humans.
By using only organic, biodegradable products in your organic garden, you help prevent this runoff and ultimately preserve the purity of our precious water.
Obviously, the impact you have on the environment is relative to the size of your grow. If you’re only growing a few plants, you’re obviously going to have less of an effect on the environment than a huge commercial grower.
But don’t let that discourage you; when it comes to preserving the environment, every little bit counts.
6. SAVE CASH!
This might seem farfetched but it’s true; growing organic weed can actually help you save money.
Remember, growing organic weed is all about taking a more holistic approach to building and maintaining your garden. Whereas conventional grows focus on small term goals (like producing a heavy harvest), organic approaches offer more long-term solutions which, in the long run, will push some cash back into your pocket.
Sure, going organic may seem like a lot of work. After all, building up a rich soil in your garden without the help of chemical fertilizers and nutrient solutions takes time and usually involves labour intensive processes like composting, fertilizing, etc.
However, over time you’ll see that going organic literally pays off. Once your soil is up to par, for example, you can say goodbye to buying pricey fertilizers or nutrient solutions. Plus, when dealing with pests or infections, you’ll find that most organic solutions (like neem oil, for example) are less pricey and just as effective.
7. GET CLOSER TO NATURE
While growing your weed is always exciting, it can get a bit dull and repetitive when you’re simply working with pre-made nutrient solutions, fertilizers, etc. Going organic lets you spice up your weed growing experience, challenging you to meet the demands of your plants using natural alternatives.
In doing so, you’ll likely notice yourself paying closer attention to your plants and closely observing their response to the environment you’re creating for them. In turn, you’ll gradually build up a more complex and diverse understanding of how the natural world works, rather than simply knowing which nutrient solution to use for which stage of your plant’s life.
8. ENJOY A BETTER, CLEANER SMOKE
At the end of the day, the number 1 reason you should go organic is to enjoy better, purer cannabis.
Weed is often labelled as “natural” when compared to other, more elaborated drugs. Unfortunately, while the buds you smoke definitely come from a plant, the way that plant is grown isn’t always so natural.
Conventional cannabis growers use a whole variety of chemicals throughout their plants lifecycles. And, regardless of how well the plants have been flushed or treated, some of those chemicals will undoubtedly end up in your lungs when you light up.
So, if getting a pure, natural product is important to you, it’s high time you get started on setting up your very own organic garden.