Why is organic cannabis better for you and the planet?


Taste, smell and no chemicals

When it comes to cannabis, there’s no doubt. Organic cannabis is every bit as potent as cannabis grown using conventional methods. It also has added health and safety benefits including superior flavour and less chance of contamination with dangerous toxins and heavy metals.

The cannabis plant is sometimes used as a soil decontaminant due to its ability to pull toxins from the soil. This include heavy metal and radioactive materials. Cannabis is highly effective at leaching toxins from soil. Consequently, hemp fields are often sewn around former industrial plants to remediate the soil. This poses an obvious problem for cannabis users. If your cannabis is grown in unhealthy, contaminated soil, these contaminants may be winding up in your bud. Organic growing goes to great lengths to develop healthy, contaminant free soil, reducing the risk that you’re consuming toxic materials. Furthermore, organic pest control involves far fewer, if any, harsh and dangerous chemicals.

Organically grown cannabis doesn’t contain the synthetic pesticides and insecticides of conventional commercial growing methods. It is also important to think about how these artificial additives affect the overall taste and aroma of a bud.

Flavour and Aroma

flavonoids and terpenes are the molecules that contribute most to cannabis’ flavour and appearance. A holistic, organic approach to growing benefits the production of flavonoids and terpenes, producing more flavourful and attractive bud.

Organically-grown cannabis is widely considered superior in flavour and aroma to conventionally-grown cannabis for similar reasons to those outlined above. As the micro-environment is optimised for vigorous, healthy growth, plants can produce optimum quantities of flavonoids, terpenoids, and cannabinoids themselves.

Terpenes and terpenoids are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis and many other plants their fragrance. Dozens of these compounds are present in cannabis, and are responsible for giving its strain its sweet, citrus, spicy or pine-like aroma. The more abundant these terpenes and terpenoids are, the more fragrant and flavoursome your final product will be.

Flavonoids are another secondary metabolite of many plants, including cannabis. They often bring with them a wide range of antioxidant effects that contribute to longevity and overall health.

The Environment

Organic growing is better for the environment and in almost all cases. Synthetic fertilizers and conventional growing techniques damage soil integrity, destroy microbial, insect, and animal habitats, and deplete soils over the long-term. Conventional growing is an unsustainable practice that causes lasting harm to surrounding land and water. On the other hand, organic growing mitigates this damage by maintaining healthy soil through a variety of low-impact techniques, from integrated pest management to natural soil amendments.

On top of this, grow bags/coco bags that hydroponic growers use are terrible for the environment as they are not biodegradable and need

 to be re-used after every harvest. This waste is huge when you think of a large greenhouse with many plants.

Supplemental lighting in indoor growing conditions uses a lot of energy. If this energy doesnt come from sustainable sources.

Sustainability

Imported Cannabis

To be truly sustainable cannabis can’t be shipped across national borders. it definitely can’t be imported from cold climates, using indoor growing operations with high power use, like most agricultural products.  Transporting cannabis from where it is produced overseas through a supply chain and distribution network to Australian pharmacies creates at least triple the amount of greenhouse gas emissions to locally produced cannabis.

 “Food miles” are likely responsible for about 6% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, that 3bn tonnes of CO2-equivalent was produced in transporting food/other natural products (like cannabis) for human consumption each year

Recyclable Packaging

Cannabis producers are required to follow law-mandated packaging guidelines, such as child-friendly features, informative labeling, and high-quality materials. However, most cannabis products are sold in single-use plastic, which ends up in landfills. Eco-conscious packaging is now becoming the norm, allowing for organic cannabis to be accessible without having to think about the negative environmental impacts. 

All of Superbly Greens strains are packaged in reusable  jars that are designed to be fully recyclable. This simple but thoughtful measure lessens the chances of cannabis packaging ending up in landfills and further polluting the environment – plus, you get to flex your creativity!

Energy Use.

The majority of cannabis growers use indoor settings to control temperature, moisture, and lighting levels, hence requiring large amounts of energy for such systems to run. A study on the carbon footprint of indoor grows revealed that producing merely two pounds of cannabis results in 10,141 pounds of carbon dioxide. It is also believed that the industry as a whole creates more than 16.5 million tons of carbon emissions each year. 

This is exactly the reason why there is a patient interest in harnessing the sun’s natural energy where possible like we do at Superbly Green or offsetting your carbon footprint with renewable energy like sun or wind power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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